I Recommend! "We Feel Fine!"

Link:—>We Feel Fine / by Jonathan Harris and Sepandar Kamvar

UPDATE: I put a nice big “link” next to the link cos apparently it wasn’t obvious…

It won’t do anything for your career path, but it’s quite a fascinating experience (if you have the computer memory & internet connection) 🙂 ! Go to the link, and click on the big heart. Play around with the settings at the top of the flying dots!

Since August 2005, We Feel Fine has been harvesting human feelings from a large number of weblogs. Every few minutes, the system searches the world’s newly posted blog entries for occurrences of the phrases “I feel” and “I am feeling”. When it finds such a phrase, it records the full sentence, up to the period, and identifies the “feeling” expressed in that sentence (e.g. sad, happy, depressed, etc.). Because blogs are structured in largely standard ways, the age, gender, and geographical location of the author can often be extracted and saved along with the sentence, as can the local weather conditions at the time the sentence was written. All of this information is saved.
The result is a database of several million human feelings, increasing by 15,000 – 20,000 new feelings per day. Using a series of playful interfaces, the feelings can be searched and sorted across a number of demographic slices, offering responses to specific questions like: do Europeans feel sad more often than Americans? Do women feel fat more often than men? Does rainy weather affect how we feel? What are the most representative feelings of female New Yorkers in their 20s? What do people feel right now in Baghdad? What were people feeling on Valentine’s Day? Which are the happiest cities in the world? The saddest? And so on…

4 thoughts on “I Recommend! "We Feel Fine!"

  1. Babe can u do something about the link to make it more obvious cus i was looking for it for a bit and only found it by accident (when i was moving the mouse pointer to the comment box to complain about not findong it) – oh and mike?

  2. The site is so cool – i just love the funny little dots, kindda like a group of little insects that get attracted to a light and then you just move the light just to displace them and start all over again. (ok i just read that out loud and figured out how pathethic it sounded – oh well)

  3. Making the link more obvious??? I kinda thought with it all green and stuff… oh, well, DONE.

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