5.08.2006

We Feel Fine

We Feel Fine by Jonathan Harris and Sepandar Kamvar. Excerpt from their site:

We Feel Fine is an exploration of human emotion on a global scale.

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.

Jonathan Harris also created Phylotaxis for Seed Magazine. It's pretty, go look at it.

1 Comments:

Blogger Mitesh said...

Wow! Both of those are geek-tastic!
One of the most interesting things I found was there are twice as many feelings produced by men who numbered 10% less than women. Which is kind of quirky considering the general stereotype.

Gender
119,483 FEELINGS from 97,799 UNIQUE WOMEN
233,392 FEELINGS from 88,044 UNIQUE MEN

Certainly, there's something to be said about the methods through which they collect their data, but difference is sharp enough to make me say "Stop crying you wuss bags and grow some testicles. Emo rots the mind!"

I can't wait till people start to not only tag information but visually display it in unique manners (networks, timelines, folders, etc)

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