Saturday, June 03, 2006
Jonathan Harris and Sepandar Kamvar have designed this tool for searching blogs and plotting the frequency and location of certain words or phrases. They’re sponsored by a manufacturer of breath-freshening mints which seems to sum it all up - so they search for words that express emotion. Well this is love-lines which they say “illuminates the topography of the emotional landscape between love and hate, as experienced by countless normal humans keeping personal online journals.” In a way what comes up is completely trivial but yet also quite enticing. But it would be so much better if you could hyperlink to the source – that would satisfy our prying minds – particularly, I reckon, with the image view function. Wefeelfine is more sophisticated by all accounts and aims to capture hive mood swings, displaying them in different ways. This evening the application isn’t working. I hope they freshen up soon!