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Live Journal mood aggregation

A friend of mine just sent me the first round snapshot of the aggregation of the mood of Live Journal that she’s helping Mark Handel do.

When Jesse & Andrew put together imood, they added a feature that let you know how the Internet was feeling. This was great, although a bit problematic since many people didn’t update their profiles.

Of course, with LJ, people put their mood in with each post and thus, an aggregator can collect this. Of course, it’s funny to think of a collective sense of LJers since they i would think that they are quite geographically diverse. Of course, they all seem to be tired right now so maybe it’s not as diverse as i’d think….

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5 comments to Live Journal mood aggregation

  • jcn

    Actually, we noticed that problem with imood, so we’re now only pulling the people who have updated their moods in the past day, so the Internet’s mood is a reasonable measure of how imood users are feeling “right now.”

  • Most of the time people seem to be “tired”.
    Not only on LJ, also on Imood.

    Makes me wonder why…
    – because the userds of imood and LJ are kinda geeky, and stay up late posting these things?
    – because it’s not realy a ‘mood’ but a simple expression to make? It’s quite easy to determine if you are tired at the moment, but it’s harder to tell if you’re realy happy, etc.

  • Jesse (of imood) wrote me to note that the Internet felt thankful yesterday (American Turkey Day).

    But DWizzy, i think you’re noticing something both about the folks who futz around on LJ/imood but also something about our culture… we’re always tired and it’s one of the few emotions that we all commonly feel in one day. I mean, today i might be ecstatic, tomorrow gloomy, but inevitably at some point in the day, i’m *always* tired.

  • mood aggregation phase 1

    it’s not quite the model described, but thanks to a tip from joi i stumbled into a “phase 1” implementation on livejournal, described here. who’s got the pharma connections to finish this up?…

  • mood aggregation phase 1

    it’s not quite the model described, but thanks to a tip from joi i stumbled into a “phase 1” implementation on livejournal, described here. who’s got the pharma connections to finish this up?…