feeling fine.

28 Jun

the boy recently alerted me to a unique project centered around the collection of human emotions. We Feel Fine, mines blogosphere content to highlight the feelings and emotions experienced simultaneously(ish) around the world. from both the technological and psychological perspective, this is completely fascinating.

oh, and it’s interactive and has pretty colors. PLAY TIME.

some snippets from We Feel Fine’s mission statement.

the result is a database of several million human feelings, increasing by 15,000 – 20,000 new feelings per day…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?

the interface to this data is a self-organizing particle system, where each particle represents a single feeling posted by a single individual. The particles’ properties – color, size, shape, opacity – indicate the nature of the feeling inside, and any particle can be clicked to reveal the full sentence or photograph it contains.

{feeling: good}

i played around with this application for a good hour upon my first encounter. perspective is important, and this is a good spot to remind me that i’ve been dealt a lucky hand and that i’m not alone in how i feel or reflect on my life.

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