20
Apr
08

Tracking the talkers

Large amounts of folks today are putting their words online, whether on their profile pages, in the form of a blog, a comment, a Tumblr, and the list goes on. As planners, this information can be extremely insightful and allows us to, in a sense, conduct virtual ethnographies– learning many personal and intimate things about people simply through a Google search. The most fascinating of this data lies in the aggregate. Tag clouds are perhaps an easy visual way to quickly get an idea of some hot topics. But, what about feelings as a whole?  Smarty pants Jonathan Harris (Lovelines, WeFeelFine) has given us a better glimpse into what the aggregate mass is thinking: based on time of day, geography, weather, and many other dimensions. The newest of these sites tracks public consciousness around Presidential candidates

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