First off, this Twitter search site Summize reminds me a little of Terraminds (now defunct?) but seemingly much better with more flexibility.
But what brought me to Summize was this: Twistori
I like the touchy-feely stuff. I’m a fan of PostSecret and I’m a qualitative researcher/ethnographer by trade, so, I’m intrigued by what Amy Hoy and Thomas Fuchs are doing with Twistori. From what I can tell they are aggregating feelings from Twitter and bucketing them into 6 groups:
Click on one of the category links, wait a few secs and then the tweets start to scroll on your screen. Some are funny, some sad, but the poignancy can’t be denied. It’s a quirky mirror into the souls of Twitter users and, by extension (alright well maybe, just perhaps), into the world at large.
Well, take a tour of the site when you’ve got a chunk of time. I say this because there is a lot of information in there, and it’s not all immediately obvious. Figuring it out might take some time. I’ll be doing that sometime soon, and perhaps writing about it more in this space.
Basically We Feel Fine is “coding” feelings and summarizing them into statistics like the happiest and saddest cities, and more. After reading about the mission and methodology, select the ”Open We Feel Fine” link from the top navigation, that’s where the action is. It’ll search for feelings from the last few hours and then load them. Watch the bubbles/confetti on the screen, point your cursor and see where you end up. Then try it again. Click on the links at the bottom left to see information in different views, including images and summary statistics.
Ever wonder what people are thinking about? Well, here are a few ways to find out.
Quick Update: I forgot to mention that what led me to all of this was a tweet from @driveafastercar. I went to check out the pictures from ROFLcon at Laughing Squid (nice suit, BTW), and found a post on Twistori.