can’t see the forest

We Feel Fine. Do You?

Posted in Arts & Entertainment, Psychology, World Wide Web by Curtis on 11/12/06

I wanted to share one of the coolest websites I’ve come across in quite some time: We Feel Fine.

This website, created by Jonathan Harris and Sepandar Kamvar, is a database of “feelings” gathered electronically from blog postings across the web. The database searches for phrases beginning with “I feel” or “I am feeling” and follows them to the next period. It then manages them as discreet, self-organizing ‘particles’ and the results can be queried via six graphical interfaces, called ‘movements,’ by site users. The database also gathers geographical information about the bloggers and even local weather conditions. The system has recorded millions of feelings and the authors state that tens of thousands are being added with each new day.

Online since August 2005, We Feel Fine is a stunning example of creativity in concept design and execution. I remember reading about the site in Portland, Oregon’s Willamette Week a couple of months ago but I’ve only recently explored it firsthand. It’s both inspiring and mesmerizing. The experience cannot be done justice by any description of mine, so I hope you can take a few moments to check out this Java-based, emotion-driven website about which you’re likely to hear much more in the future.

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  1. peoplesgeography said, on 11/12/06 at 10:27 pm

    A fine site. Nice pink on black entry page which opens into the amazing feeling-swirl of the java generated ‘confetti in space’

    Kinda nice to be shown we don’t emote in remote, its being ‘caught’ somewhere, and that the bloggosphere, like the planet-as-gaia … is a living, breathing, feeling collective entity

  2. Curtis said, on 11/12/06 at 10:57 pm

    Couldn’t have said it better. I thought the concept was great and it’s amazing how visual the representation is. It’s a work of art that seems unique and well-suited to the web.

  3. Dr. V said, on 11/13/06 at 12:40 pm

    Hi Curt,

    Sorry for this delayed response: I’m moving houses, and won’t hope a proper internet connection before end Nov.

    « But, but, but, but, but, but…they hate our freedoms, Dr. V! »

    :)

    Thought the same of them…until Rumsfeld resigned that is.

    These Neocons aren’t so bad after all: they’re even willing to immolate their own leader in the name of “liberty”!


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