We feel fine has been mining the social web for emotions since 2005. Or so says their website. They have been coming up with some rather impressive models to do semantic mining … if this isn’t applied social computing … what is it?
What are the implications of being able to gauge moods through a variety of social media and connect these with other social and demographic phenomenon is not radically new, these folks have a rather solid and proven way of accomplishing it. I will admit some challenges in using their java-based applet, the concept is there. I highly recommend checking out this straightforward discussion paper – We Feel Fine and Searching the Emotional Web.
What do you think? What are the implications of the automated mining of emotions? Do social media really give a clear indicator? How can this be used?