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Web 2.0 Files: How Ya Feelin'?

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The first in an occasional series of posts in which we highlight some added value aspects of so-called Web 2.0 land. Enjoy your ride on the InterTubes™...

To better understand the Web 2.0 world, one must be in touch with the specific feelings across online content-generating demographics at a particular point in time and place.

Enter WeFeelFine.org, the excellent real-time visualization developed by Internet artist Jonathan Harris and Google personalization tech Sep Kamvar.

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Basically, WeFeelFine aggregates and searches the blogosphere for phrases like 'I feel...' or 'I am feeling...' One of 5,000 predefined feelings is associated with each post and the demographic attributes are tagged on. Their mission statement describes an "artwork authored by everyone":

The result is a database of several million human feelings, increasing by 15,000 - 20,000 new feelings per day. Using a series of playful interfaces, the feelings can be searched and sorted across a number of demographic slices, 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? 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? And so on.

We'd love to hear about any other new and up & coming online tools for understanding audience, culture, society or just having fun.