Websites to visit : Wefeelfine and Twistori

Fair warning: visiting Wefeelfine or Twistori will severely lower your productivity for the day.

Wefeelfine is my favorite of the two. Hundreds of multicolored particles fly across the screen, and you can click on any one of them to expand it. Each particle represents a single specific “feeling” that was just posted somewhere. According to the Wefeelfine’s mission page, “…the system searches the world’s newly posted blog entries for occurrences of the phrases “I feel” and “I am feeling”. When it finds such a phrase, it records the full sentence… and identifies the “feeling” expressed in that sentence (e.g. sad, happy, depressed, etc.). The result is a database of several million human feelings, increasing by 15,000 – 20,000 new feelings per day.” You can also organize and change how and what the particles present by using the small menu in the lower left corner.

Twistori is the simpler of the two websites and is much more focused, just pulling all instances of “I” and either LOVE, HATE, THINK, BELIEVE, FEEL or WISH from recent Twitter posts. The site is a very clean design, and if you leave the site alone, it will randomly pick an emotion and scroll through each sentiment. Mac users can even download a twistori screensaver that pulls live material from the site.

My only complaint is that websites like this should have a “estimated time wasted” banner before they let you enter.