We Feel Fine

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Curses to dial-up!

Had a look at that website, and not for the first time I wish I had high speed internet so I could fully appreciate something on the web!

How the hell, did they come accross you in the sea of blogs and images? Is it because you say "I feel" a lot and someone said "Wait! Who is this person with all this emotion? Find her! Bring her image forth, so I may bask in her feelings!"?

If impressed was a colour, that's the colour I'd be!

Posted by dave (not verified) on Sun, 10/26/2008 - 17:37
explanation

Ooops! Sorry Dave. I forget about you there, sometimes, perched on the edge of your lake in the middle of frickin nowhere.

I included the the explanation from the "Methodology" page on WeFeelFine.org below.

But honestly, I don't know how they found me in the sea of all that. Maybe not many people have feelings about binder clips?

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"At the core of We Feel Fine is a data collection engine that automatically scours the Internet every ten minutes, harvesting human feelings from a large number of blogs. Blog data comes from a variety of online sources, including LiveJournal, MSN Spaces, MySpace, Blogger, Flickr, Technorati, Feedster, Ice Rocket, and Google.

We Feel Fine scans blog posts for occurrences of the phrases "I feel" and "I am feeling". This is an approach that was inspired by techniques used in Listening Post, a wonderful project by Ben Rubin and Mark Hansen.

Once a sentence containing "I feel" or "I am feeling" is found, the system looks backward to the beginning of the sentence, and forward to the end of the sentence, and then saves the full sentence in a database.

Once saved, the sentence is scanned to see if it includes one of about 5,000 pre-identified "feelings". This list of valid feelings was constructed by hand, but basically consists of adjectives and some adverbs. The full list of valid feelings, along with the total count of each feeling, and the color assigned to each feeling, is here.

If a valid feeling is found, the sentence is said to represent one person who feels that way.

If an image is found in the post, the image is saved along with the sentence, and the image is said to represent one person who feels the feeling expressed in the sentence."

Posted by megan on Mon, 10/27/2008 - 22:57