Tuesday, 8 December 2009

Capturing digital emotions

I'm a big fan of Wefeelfine.org, a customized web program developed by Sep Kamvar and Jonathan Harris that identified and isolated online entries of the phrases “I feel” and “I am feeling” from blogs across the web, typically averaging 10,000 admissions daily.

They have taken their work a step further with a new book entitled We Feel Fine: An Almanac of Human Emotion, that's based on this social digital experiment. Since 2005, the authors have collected over 12 million feelings, amassing an ever-growing database of human emotion, which have been filed by demographic for the book. It looks fascinating.

See interactive visualizations, access the online version, or buy the book.

Images via Design Notes.

Excerpts from the Amazon Review:

Drawing from this massive real-world stockpile of found sentiment, We Feel Fine: An Almanac of Human Emotion presents the best of the best -- the euphoria, the despair, the passion, the dreams, and the desires that make us human. Packed with personal photos, scientific observations, statistical infographics, and countless candid vignettes from ordinary people, We Feel Fine is a visual, fiercely intelligent, endlessly engrossing crash course in the secrets of human emotion.

We Feel Fine puts individual stories into a larger context and shows the stories behind the statistics -- or as the authors like to say, "bringing life to statistics and statistics to life." With lush, colorful spreads devoted to 50 feelings, 13 cities, 10 topics, 6 holidays, 5 age groups, 4 weather conditions, and 2 genders, We Feel Fine explores our emotions from every angle, providing insights into and examples of each.

Equal parts pop culture and psychology, computer science and conceptual art, sociology and storytelling, We Feel Fine is no ordinary book -- with thousands of authors from all over the world sharing their uncensored emotions, it is a radical experiment in mass authorship, merging online and offline worlds.

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