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Thursday, April 19, 2007
I have just found out one of the most beautiful websites I have ever visited.
This a true, authentic and brilliant piece of art.
An exploration of human emotion", by Jonathan Harris and Sep Kamvar.
Imagine yourself as a floating soul all over the world, scanning the spirit and the feelings of human beings here and there, able to catch every single whisper, every single murmur of people voicing the word "feel", whatever may be their feeling.
What am I talking about? No worries, I haven't gone crazy. Not yet.

"Since August 2005, We Feel Fine has been harvesting human feelings from a large number of weblogs. Blog data comes from a variety of online sources, including LiveJournal, MSN Spaces, MySpace, Blogger, Flickr, Technorati, Feedster, Ice Rocket, and Google. 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."

And you... how do you feel? What do you feel? Just say it, or rather write it, and you will be out there, as a litlle star among the feeling stars floating around.
This is truly brilliant!


posted by Amine at 1:17 AM |


At 4/29/2007 01:31:00 AM, Blogger Maryam in Marrakesh

What a cool idea!


At 5/05/2007 08:41:00 AM, Blogger marsha

An interesting discovery! The site is certainly in touch with people's feelings, which are important; however, thinking should rule the day :-).


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