The Taser's Edge


WeFeelFine.org

As you may have intuited from the title, you should visit wefeelfine.org.  It’s not a perfect program (doesn’t seem to work in Firefox, and it’s fairly slow), but it is really neat.

Them on themselves: “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…The result is a database of several million human feelings, increasing by 15,000 – 20,000 new feelings per day.”

Basically, they give you several ways of looking at the data that they’ve collected, and they can break it down into particular demographics.  My favorite function is Murmurs, which shows sentences that people have written in the last few minutes which their system has picked up.  Kind of sad to watch sometimes.  Kind of a PostSecret feeling to read all of them as they come in.

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