we feel fineby
Since August 2005, We Feel Fine has been harvesting human feelings from a large number of weblogs. 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.). [WeFeelFine]
The aggregator used by the site can also sift through blogs to find profiles, thus gathering such complete information as: age, gender, location, and then determining (collaborating with other sources) what the weather was like at the time this sentiment was written.
I know some people may think it’s useless and others will spend several minutes (or hours) during their work day today just clicking on the coloured dots and seeing how the world is feeling. But really, it’s slightly more productive than playing one of those flash games where you have to slingshot a rabbit or blast a penguin from a catapult.
Is it voyeurism? Is it scary that someone could collect all this info and display it for the world to see? What about the government, could they could be doing something like this too, listening in on our blog conversations and posts, picking out key words…?
It just might be a vehicle that would guide you to a blog you might start reading on a daily basis or a way to pass the time and connect with someone in Oslo who is feeling uneasy.
Check out the site at least once and see for yourself how you feel about it. Also, try out the Theory of Everything podcast [toe], it’s definitely not to be missed.
(30 seconds ago, 26 year old in Vancouver Canada, when it was sunny).
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I feel like people should get out more.
I feel like I love you, Jenny.
Wow that’s so cool! I went to the site and listened to the TOE podcast. I’m blown away by how creative and ingenius it is. People amaze me.
you link to me, now i read you…
fyi, the nescafe ad that’s playing does not have me in it. there’s another, funnier one with me coming soon.
that ‘we feel fine’ is some piece of work. i might spend hours on it. i found if you click a square one an image comes along with the sentence… and it’s not always appropriate.
Yeah I found one that was NSFW oops :p Actually, I saw one commercial when I first made the post and since then I keep seeing a different one. If there’s another, cool! I (heart) Mike Holmes :p
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