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September 25, 2007 / compassioninpolitics

Emotional Outbursts in Web 2.0


YouTube, blogs, and twitter are great way to express yourself to the outside world. We Feel Fine is a new media way to listen to what other folks are feeling in the blogosphere. I get a sense that its designed so that folks can understand that there are humans going through the same things they are. Check it out! It gets 3.9-4.0 of 5.0. The We Feel Fine mission statement says:

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.

The interface to this data is a self-organizing particle system, where each particle represents a single feeling posted by a single individual.

The mashup is where this will get the most traction. What if you could click to “Sphere it????” (My guess is twitter could similarly do a sphere it mashup) In such a world, you could goto related emotional posts on the web for the day? (or at least in a better way than technorati, which seems a bit sterile by comparrison) Perhaps folks that we’re ailing over the loss of a loved one or were grieving the emotional turbulence of a divorce could connect and share. And folks that were going through various emotional traumas could better seek out folks who perhaps could see and even feel the world in the way they did.

In terms of the Weinberger vs. Keen web content debate: I wonder if emotions are really encapsulated in how we frame and filter the information we post on the web. For instance flickr photos, don’t seem to have emotional states or if they do, don’t always capture this emotional context.

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