Do Europeans feel sad more often than Americans? Does rainy weather affect how we feel? 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?
It’s questions like these that the creators of We Feel Fine seek to answer, with a novel way of collecting data and a beautiful, playful way of presenting the data.
“We Feel Fine is an exploration of human emotion on a global scale. […] 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.)”
The results are surprisingly good: just click on “murmurs”, and read the lines for a minute or two. Some them might make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside, some of them are clearly on the depressing side. Try out all of the visualization features, if not for the info, then at least to discover interesting ways of presenting information that are just plain fun to interact with. While you’re at it, check out the Montage gallery. All in all, I think We Feel Fine has some very inspiring stuff. Let me know what you think!