we feel fine

This must be one of the most interesting sites I have seen in years. An elegant data visualisation of human emotion and desire, as expressed on blogs around the world.

It asks a simple question. How does the internet feel?

The system constantly searches newly posted blog entries for the phrases “I feel” and “I am feeling”. Once found, it captures the full sentence and identifies the “feeling” being expressed. Since most blogs are created through publishing engines like the one used for this blog they usually contain standard information like the age, gender, and geographical location of the author.

All of this is saved in a database of millions of human feelings and 15,000 – 20,000 new feelings are being added every day. This interesting concept is displayed through 6 very nice interfaces that will let you search and sort across a number of demographic offering responses to specific questions. The main interface is a self-organizing particle system where each particle represents a single feeling posted by a single individual. The particles’ color, size, shape and opacity indicate the nature of the feeling. You can also see the data though the six different “movements” of Madness, Murmurs, Montage, Mobs, Metrics, and Mounds.

Personally, I feel that words simply do not do this wonderfully poetic, poignant and highly engaging work justice.

Check it out: We Feel Fine