Friday, February 9, 2007

We feel fine

Since August 2005 Jonathan Harris and Sepandar Kamvar have been harvesting human feelings from a large number of weblogs through their site We Feel Fine.

Several playful and intuitive interfaces allow the user to browse through a database of several million emotions and organize the information in one of six formal movements by reading blogs and looking for certain kind of phrases denoting emotions. Each movement adds a layer of understanding to the relationships in the data… Do women feel happier than men? Does the rain affect how we feel? What are we feeling right now? How does Afghanistan feel compared to Canada?

This site just floored me. And it reminded me of the old saying that 99% of the time, in my experience, the hard part about creativity isn't coming up with something no one has ever thought of before. The hard part is actually executing the thing you've thought of.

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