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Software Tracks Blogosphere Mood Swings

CowboyNeal posted more than 8 years ago | from the manic-depressive dept.


holy_calamity writes "Dutch researchers have figured out a way to measure the mood swings of the blogosphere. It can pick up peaks of flirtiness from bloggers around Valentine's Day and drunkenness at weekends, the plan is to create a search engine that returns the prevailing mood in the blogosphere about a topic. Companies are already interested in using it to track consumer confidence. What's the mood of Slashdot on this one?"

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Repulsed (0, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15169394)

Blog is not a word.

Re:Repulsed (1)

Nesetril (969734) | more than 8 years ago | (#15169411)

so today, like every day, the blogosphere feels "flirty and lonely". this is going to help consumer research how? Hell, I am Google, I think I am going to buy this little start up anyway. I mean, what else am I going to do?

Re:Repulsed (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15170056)

Just a heads up - yes it is.

Been there, done that. (5, Interesting)

XorNand (517466) | more than 8 years ago | (#15169395)

This is old news. Just blogs? Bah! Color me unimpressed. I've already harnessed the power of the Internet to track the mood of the entire planet: []

Re:Been there, done that. (3, Insightful)

Umbral Blot (737704) | more than 8 years ago | (#15169424)

Are you trying to be funny? Getting a small group of people who speak english to and are willing to put up with voting / verification is in no way a representitive sample. Now if you went into their blog and determined their mood from the text, that might be cool.

Re:Been there, done that. (4, Funny)

JordanL (886154) | more than 8 years ago | (#15169427)

FTA: On Valentine's Day, there is spike in the numbers of bloggers who use the labels "loved" or "flirty", but also an increase in the number who report feeling "lonely".

So let me get this straight... all this to discover that people either think about their relationships or lack or relationships on Valentines Day...

This is the ultimate geek software. "What is this strange thing... emotion... I'll build a software program to explain it to me."

Re:Been there, done that. (0, Redundant)

Gyga (873992) | more than 8 years ago | (#15169845)

It can't be done or else Data would have done it before he got his emotion chip.

Re:Been there, done that. (2, Insightful)

Nesetril (969734) | more than 8 years ago | (#15169432)

Not to mention, TFA doesn't explain how this is accomplished from a technological point of view. Makes me suspect that all they are doing is just a frequency analysis painted with Kinkaid colors and various insane words from the "blogospheric" vocabulary.

Re:Been there, done that. (4, Informative)

daviddennis (10926) | more than 8 years ago | (#15169817)

Actually, the article was pretty clear on how it worked, but I'll explain it a little better since I guess (from your post) it was confusing.

When you write a blog entry in LiveJournal, you're give an opportunity to select a "mood" from a dropdown list of moods. So you can say you're


by just picking the appropriate word.

Now, as you know, emotional data taken from a dropdown list at the end of writing a blog post might not be worth taking all that seriously, but it's data, and you can try to analyze it.

Now, some people are laughing at this by saying that it should of course be obvious that people are likely to be feeling loved or lonely around Valentines' day. But actually this is an important observation, since it says that what people pick in the dropdown can be related to real events. Of course we know people are loved/lonely on Valentines' day; what we didn't know is if what they picked on the dropdown was meaningful. Now we know it is, and so (in theory) we can use this to predict events or people's behaviour based on what they say.

The Harry Potter example showed that this could in fact be done, and this means that further reasearch might be promising. For example, let's say there was a "suicidal" mood in the list. It would be interesting to track whether actual suciides were predictable or at least more likely after showing those moods, so that an early warning system for such behavior could be created.

On paper, it seems possible that lives could be saved that way, which makes this a non-trivial application indeed. To support my theory, note the previous news reports we've seen here that note that suicidal behavior was often predictable in hindsight from what people wrote on their Myspace profiles. If this could be determined from moods, which are trivial to check automatically, it might be a very interesting result indeed.

Hope that helped people's understanding.


Re:Been there, done that. (1) troll (593289) | more than 8 years ago | (#15170234)

Meh, its easy to say suicidal behavior is easy to predict in hindsight, but how many people match all the criteria that people apply to the suicides who are not going to commit suicide?

All automated flagging will do is annoy a lot of people and discourage them from posting anything honest about how they feel. What they really need is someone personally noticing and taking action, not some automated spider ran by someone who could give a fuck about you. Its the same reason guidance councelers don't really help depression in schools -- You know he doesn't care.

Want to do something about it? Start caring about people, and discourage others when they just brush someone off or act with disregard to how it impacts others. It's a social issue that needs a societal fix, not a bot going around perscribing prozac to anyone whos ever had a shitty week, which is where this will end up eventually. It's even more cost effective than the forces mental health screening planned for public schools.

Re:Been there, done that. (1)

pope1 (40057) | more than 8 years ago | (#15169655)

That's pretty cool, actually. Would be neat if you could localize it more, I know there are days when my town just feels angry =P

Blogosphere Mood (4, Insightful)

NitsujTPU (19263) | more than 8 years ago | (#15169399)

My mood always turns sour when people refer to the "Blogosphere."

I'll take a few fewer buzzwords a day, and call my Dr. next week to see if the situation improves.

Re:Blogosphere Mood (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15169515)

Better not blog that too bodly in your blog or the blogerati are going to get a coupla of pipe-hitting bloggers to get blog evil on your ass. Blog.

the b word (1)

Nesetril (969734) | more than 8 years ago | (#15169556)

every time you want to say "blog", just go ahead and say it. but afterwards add: "crying out loud". like this: "blog crying out loud". you won't notice when you start saying "for crying out loud" instead.

Re:Blogosphere Mood (0, Troll)

walmartshopper67 (943351) | more than 8 years ago | (#15169667)

Yeah I'm with you - tired of the buzzword crap. Why would anyone really care about the "blogosphere" to begin with - there is a reason these people have "blogs", because nobody will listen to them. It's worse than the tabloids. Why would I want the opinion of these people to begin with? Are they educated on a specific subject? Or, more likely, wannabe pundits? Btw, its a GODDAMN WEBPAGE, WEBSITE, SITE, not a "blog" or "weblog". It's the same damn thing with the same crappy layouts and the same crappy content. Need proof? You can "blog" on MySpace! Enough said.

Amused and Cynical about Bogospherians. (1)

billstewart (78916) | more than 8 years ago | (#15169717)

It sounds like they're doing interesting work, as long as nobody takes it too seriously or starts, like, trying to make money off of it (in which case you'll see some form of astroturfing zombie army emerge to tweak the bogosphere's Mood Indices.) What happens to LiveJournal moods in September, or graduation time, or Christmas break, or release-date-for-some-popular-game?

Why is it a buzzword? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15169786)

Seriously, why is it a buzzword? It describes a unique phenomenon. It's just a word. I could say that "slashdotting" is also a buzzword that a few select nerds on the Internet use to describe a phenomenon as well. Also, why is that a few slashbots have to hog karma by repeating the same tired arguments?

Re:Why is it a buzzword? (2, Insightful)

walmartshopper67 (943351) | more than 7 years ago | (#15170361)

It's a buzzword when it is used by people to describe things that have nothing to do with it. Like when 40 year old rednecks talk about one of my sites saying it is a "blog", instead of what it is and always has been, a website. A word like "slashdotting" would be a slang or scene type word, when a word like "blog" gets repeated all day in the media, usually to describe things that used to be "websites".

Re:Blogosphere Mood (1)

From A Far Away Land (930780) | more than 8 years ago | (#15170134)

Livejournal's mood setting, or has been using tagging to do what they say for a while now.

Re:Blogosphere Mood (2, Insightful)

Geoffreyerffoeg (729040) | more than 8 years ago | (#15170280)

What is this "special relativity"? I hate buzzwords. Just call it the ether like everyone else. I mean they're close enough...and nobody's gonna need to use "special relativity" in calculations anyway, it's just hypothetical.

Re:Blogosphere Mood (1)

Drkdstryer (948331) | more than 8 years ago | (#15170328)

Bomb the Blogosphere! []

Third shirt down.

Re:Blogosphere Mood (1)

Minwee (522556) | more than 7 years ago | (#15170447)

We could refer to it as the noosphere if that would make you happier.

Reservation... (1)

Spytap (143526) | more than 8 years ago | (#15169400) with most topics that involve personal tracking, and large corporations having access to personal information (and yes, I consider my mood personal information when it's being used to a company's advantage).

Re:Reservation... (1)

crazyjeremy (857410) | more than 8 years ago | (#15169423)

Sounds like "Dutch researchers" have selected and invented a group of buzzwords to get them on the homepage of Slashdot. Impressive.

Re:Reservation... (2, Insightful)

Gyga (873992) | more than 8 years ago | (#15169500)

I hope whatever they use listens to robots.txt

Re:Reservation... (3, Interesting)

shawb (16347) | more than 8 years ago | (#15169586)

I understand your concerns, but information that you yourself put on a webpage should not be considered private. If you don't want personal information to get out, don't post it in a public forum. Besides, it doesn't sound like this particular piece of software is really collecting personal information; all it does is look for spikes in a particular mood tag, and then parses through the text in the publically readable text to find unusual words. If this helps companies figure out what products actually excite people, then they will come out with products that people actually like (if used properly.)

As a company (and especially as an investor) I would, however, take any information gathered through such a technique with a grain of salt or two. It seems that it would be close to trivial for a company game the system and set up enough accounts or bribe enough bloggers to tip the scales one way or the other, essentially creating inter-corporate astroturphing.

Re:Reservation... (1)

Eskarel (565631) | more than 8 years ago | (#15169625)

A very simple lesson in life. If you don't want something listened to, don't shout it in public(that's essentially what a blog is). If you don't want people to see what you're doing don't do it in public. You don't have that level of privacy in public. You can copyright your works to stop people from copying them, but if you stick it on a blog you're giving everyone license to read it and everyone includes marketing types.

Easy solution: (1)

porcupine8 (816071) | more than 8 years ago | (#15169878)

Don't post your mood in a public place if you want it to remain private. Ta da!

For my next trick, I'll teach you how to keep strangers from seeing your bare genitalia.

Can it detect the entire spectrum of moods? (5, Funny)

koweja (922288) | more than 8 years ago | (#15169401)

From whiney to really pissed off?

Re:Can it detect the entire spectrum of moods? (4, Funny)

mctk (840035) | more than 8 years ago | (#15169464)

The entire spectrum of moods is from whiney to really pissed off? You're married aren't ya?


Re:Can it detect the entire spectrum of moods? (1)

koweja (922288) | more than 8 years ago | (#15169555)

Nope, but my girlfriend has the entire human spectrum of emotions, and does not post on myspace.
I wonder if there is a connection between those two things...

Re:Can it detect the entire spectrum of moods? (2, Funny)

eosp (885380) | more than 8 years ago | (#15170000)

You have a girlfriend? We don't like your kind here.

Net zo nutteloos (-1, Offtopic)

scenestar (828656) | more than 8 years ago | (#15169405)

als blogs zelf.

babelfish my dutch.

Re:Net zo nutteloos (1)

Yaa 101 (664725) | more than 8 years ago | (#15169663)

Niet nodig...

Laten we zeggen dat het ons geen reet kan schelen wat de bui van Blogosphere groupthink is...

Babelfish dat

So... (4, Funny)

TechnoGuyRob (926031) | more than 8 years ago | (#15169414)

The blogosphere is female? Oh wait, we're on our way to understanding it. Nevermind then.

Re:So... (1)

Winlin (42941) | more than 8 years ago | (#15169533)

Note to self: When the blogosphere mood gauge hits 'PMS'...unplug router for the next week.

You're clearly a male geek... (1)

EmbeddedJanitor (597831) | more than 7 years ago | (#15170576)

If it is female you have exactly FA chance of ever understanding it...

Mood of Slashdot? (2, Funny)

TheDarkener (198348) | more than 8 years ago | (#15169415)

+1 Smart ass
+1 Pro Linux
-1 Corporatism
-1 Proprietarism (is that a word? Happy 4:20..sorry)

And...of course

+1 CowboyNeal

Disregarding the above blabber, this software sounds so flippin' cool. I've always thought about the overall mood of people, and if there's relation between it and a certain period of time. Like a website that simply asks "Are you happy right now?" or "Are you sad right now?" Very useful information! *gazes up at sky*

Re:Mood of Slashdot? (1)

shawb (16347) | more than 8 years ago | (#15169602)

Like a website that simply asks "Are you happy right now?" or "Are you sad right now?"

Nah... noone would ever bother to set up such a website. []

Re:Mood of Slashdot? (1)

Irish_Samurai (224931) | more than 8 years ago | (#15169636)

I've always thought about the overall mood of people, and if there's relation between it and a certain period of time.

Not just that, but you could attempt to track the mood in relation to data. If a popular news item was making the rounds, what was the overall mood of those passing it. Did the information affect the mood and how?

Scary stuff.

My mood might be subjunctive ;) (1)

WilliamSChips (793741) | more than 8 years ago | (#15169866)

I guess that puts me in the smart-ass category...

skeptical (1, Redundant)

caffeinemessiah (918089) | more than 8 years ago | (#15169420)

I am highly skeptical about this. Opinion extraction in general is a difficult area of data mining with enough problems in areas as (relatively) well defined as Amazon reviews, etc. To try to measure the general mood of the "blogosphere" with any measure of accuracy is useless at best. And just how are you supposed to even roughly verify the "mood" for arbitrary ideas?? Random human sampling and verification just won't cut it...

Companies might be better off using a magic 8 ball...

Re:skeptical (2, Informative)

TechnoGuyRob (926031) | more than 8 years ago | (#15169437)

Erm...I don't know if you read the article, but they extract the moods from LifeJournal posts, not analyze the text or anything like that.

Assuming that people are honest about their moods (and why wouldn't they be?), I don't see why this wouldn't be accurate.

Apparently, your mood right now is ignorant.

Re:skeptical (1)

Nesetril (969734) | more than 8 years ago | (#15169482)

Yeah but that kind of average is too unspecific. Even in the TFA they seemed to try to sell it as something more larger than that. I totally got the impression that their reported mood was supposed to reflect on specific recent events. It's either that or a fun crawler toy you can make in less than an hour. Which one is it?

Re:skeptical (1)

flooey (695860) | more than 8 years ago | (#15169538)

Yeah but that kind of average is too unspecific. Even in the TFA they seemed to try to sell it as something more larger than that. I totally got the impression that their reported mood was supposed to reflect on specific recent events. It's either that or a fun crawler toy you can make in less than an hour. Which one is it?

A bit of both. From what I understood, first, they crawl all the pages and figure out what the general mood profile is. Then, they try to identify unusual mood settings. If they find that some moods are appearing abnormally often, they go through posts with those moods attached and try to find words that don't normally come up, with the idea being that the unusual words are probably the cause of the unusual mood.

self-selecting bias (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15170027)

the other problem is a certain kind of person is a blogger and that's the kind of moods being read: someone who thinks the world cares about his/her emotional state, what he/she put up with from some store clerk, what ill-informed opinions he/she has farted out today with no relation to the known history of the planet, etc.

if businesses tune themselves to these kind of people, there's no hope for the rest of us.

Tracking bad hair trends, too? (5, Funny)

cno3 (197688) | more than 8 years ago | (#15169421)

The software, called MoodViews, was created by Gilad Mishne and colleagues at Amsterdam University, The Netherlands. It tracks about 10 million blogs hosted by the US service LiveJournal.

Monday - Mood: Emo
Tuesday - Mood: Emo
Wednesday - Mood: Emo ...

Re:Tracking bad hair trends, too? (1)

_Sprocket_ (42527) | more than 8 years ago | (#15169522)

Friday - Mood: In Love
                Hair: Flock of Seagulls

Re:Tracking bad hair trends, too? (2, Funny)

zaguar (881743) | more than 8 years ago | (#15169541)

Q: How many emo's does it take to change a lightbulb?

A: None. They just sit in the dark and cry.

Re:Tracking bad hair trends, too? (2, Insightful)

Rachel Lucid (964267) | more than 8 years ago | (#15170018)

I should have known Livejournal was the source of this. With people's entries naturally having a mood category, the analysis becomes next to trivial.

Here I was hoping for something clever, like word frequency or something.

I saw the source... (2, Funny)

minitual (966089) | more than 8 years ago | (#15169428)

userMood=random(3); switch(userMood) { case 1: user="Depressed"; break; case 2: user="Drunk"; break; case 3: user="Happy" break; } return 0; On another note, I thought most companies didn't like their users blogging.

Re:I saw the source... (1)

ZachPruckowski (918562) | more than 8 years ago | (#15169619)

considering you failed to return user, it's pretty useless. You'll get a mood of "fjklasdfjjfklasjdfl" or the initialized value ("dead"?) if you don't get an error.

Re:I saw the source... (1)

MoriaOrc (822758) | more than 8 years ago | (#15169775)

Unless, of course, user is a member of a class or a global variable. Which would make sense, since the GP didn't need to declare it...
</counter-nit-pick >

Re:I saw the source... (1)

minitual (966089) | more than 8 years ago | (#15169927)

...Maybe I meant do that...maybe I was making a symbolic point.

Checking mood... (2, Funny)

JoeCommodore (567479) | more than 8 years ago | (#15169429)

Was a yellow-green now looks like its changing to a deep purple.

Marketing Buzz Alert (2, Insightful)

anomalous cohort (704239) | more than 8 years ago | (#15169436)

The Blogosphere (a collective term encompassing all weblogs) isn't really addressable so how can it be measurable? It's not like there is a URL to "the blogosphere" and how would you know if you have successfully polled all blogs on the Internet? This appears to be a subtle commercial for LiveJournal.

Re:Marketing Buzz Alert (1)

Nesetril (969734) | more than 8 years ago | (#15169498)

right. it's a BETA.

Re:Marketing Buzz Alert (1)

gstoddart (321705) | more than 8 years ago | (#15170053)

The Blogosphere (a collective term encompassing all weblogs) isn't really addressable so how can it be measurable? It's not like there is a URL to "the blogosphere" and how would you know if you have successfully polled all blogs on the Internet? This appears to be a subtle commercial for LiveJournal.

Find as many things that seem to be blogs and take the mood of them. See what people are on about.

Blogs occur on private web-sites, a whole boat load of blogging services, and everything in between.

I don't see this as necessarily needing to endorse one site or another. Gobs of people have blogs on all sorts of different contexts.

Unfortunately, as wierd as the word 'blogosphere' is, there isn't another word which describes the space which includes all blogs on the web. So we're probably stuck with it. :-P

And? (2, Insightful)

Jayjay75 (468973) | more than 8 years ago | (#15169446)

What would this tell us, exactly? That people are more inclined to get drunk on weekends and are grouchier on Mondays than on other days? This is something we don't already know?

And. (1)

DeadCatX2 (950953) | more than 7 years ago | (#15170403)

Not everyone will use the same tag. Thus you get to come up with an (average) percentage of confidence. Then you can cross-correlate this against some words that occur in all the given samples, and have some sort of confidence metric about your measurement.

From here, you might be surprised at the different kinds of trends you might find. A spike in the number of people who happen to be excited about the latest fansub of Naruto, for instance. Hm, I bet that means that episode is good.

You might also be able to do longitudinal studies of the information, based on mood with respect to a specific event. Say, Katrina.

Mixed Signals (3, Interesting)

_Sprocket_ (42527) | more than 8 years ago | (#15169467)

Great. Humans already have trouble [] interpreting the tone of electronic messages. On top of that, let's have some algorithm tack on the subtle clues so necessary for proper interpretation of human communication. After all, computers have already shown a bang-up track record [] dealing with Human languages.

Cool project though. Hilarity will undoubtedly ensue.

Re:Mixed Signals (1)

geoffspear (692508) | more than 8 years ago | (#15169626)

Subtle cues? It's tracking what mood LiveJournal users pick from a drop-down menu. It's not that hard to come up with an algorithm to determine what someone's mood is when they explicitly tell you what their mood is.

Re:Mixed Signals (2, Informative)

patio11 (857072) | more than 8 years ago | (#15170023)

I could see this working. Is it any harder to tell if a message is, say, depressed than it is to determine if a message is a commercial pitch?* Because pure-"Bayesian" analysis of spam routinely gets 95%+ accuracy, which if we're not talking about the content of any specific message but are trying to measure trends between time periods is plenty good enough. Lets take a particular application: Apple wants to know if their iPods are still the hottest thing on the planet. Simple process: have a team of humans hand-classify 1000 posts on LiveJournal mentioning iPods (just grep for it) as "pro-iPod" or "anything else". Then have your trained classifier slurp up every post that day, discard any that doesn't mention iPod, and classify ahoy. Ten minutes later: "Beep, 87% of 23842385902 messages mentioning iPod (5.3% of all posts in last 24 hours) are mostly upbeat."

* Whether it is or not is not obvious to me, but setting up an experiment to figure out which it is isn't that hard.

BuuurrrPb (-1, Offtopic)

Puutah_Mahdrey (930263) | more than 8 years ago | (#15169468)


Re:BuuurrrPb (3, Funny)

Nesetril (969734) | more than 8 years ago | (#15169520)

d00d, it's only thursday. you should feel "flirty and lonely" today not drunk and merry. you GODDAMN OUTLIER, remove yourself from the blogosphere or you will spoil our sales pitch to Google.

Slashdot mood? (5, Insightful)

TechnoGuyRob (926031) | more than 8 years ago | (#15169485)

There's almost 30 posts and only one of them has been modded up (once, to funny no less)? I think I can predict the mood of Slashdot about this:


Or as a LiveJournalist would say:

like i don care man

Re:Slashdot mood? (1)

aldheorte (162967) | more than 8 years ago | (#15170074)

I think it's because these sorts of things fall under the following catch-all that a more technically proficient crowd innately understands, even if not sure of the exact reason (which I put in another post):

Your invention/analysis uses science/technology in an unscientific/non-technical/inappropriate way to prove something trivial/meaningless/completely wrong.

People use the keyword 'love' more around Valentine's Day? Brilliant! Of course they do. Valentine's day comes with huge amounts of social programming for these keywords - just look at the massive amounts of marketing and cultural buildup. But making the determination that bloggers are therefore more 'flirty' - that's a completely arbitrary jump in logic. Next up, the keyword "Santa" is more common on blogs around Christmas and that means bloggers are feeling more generous. Etc.

Someone try this tech on Slashdot Story Submission (-1, Offtopic)

NRAdude (166969) | more than 8 years ago | (#15169512)

I submit a story in truth, of a man arrested in Oklahoma City, OK, for killing a 10-year-old girl and planning to eat her flesh. He had everything from the tools to the knowhow, and not many are like this man as are the few earlier cannibals that were caught. The difference between this story and the others is that "man" kept his "blog" update until the day before he murdered the girl. If anyone wants to study the mind of a cannibal, just read his Blogspot page...FUTUREWORLDRULER [] My attempt to report this story: Man arrested for killing 10-year-old. He blogged. Thursday April 20, @07:04PM Rejected Stories like this are good preparation for those apolitical shills that want non-violent activities to be effected by unrelated violent activities; such as how someone else's Patriot Act in Wells Fargo violated my ability to Withdraw funds trusted to a CD (Time Account Maturity) at a time when commerce such as DRIVER LICENSE was irrelevant as a requirement; yet in violation of the contract, I am prevented from closing the account because of Patriot Act. I hear Sand Dollars on the southern California beach are put there by a God that believs in counterfeit life (twins, trippletes, etc). And on the 7th Day of Creation, God was arrested.

Re:Someone try this tech on Slashdot Story Submiss (1)

Nesetril (969734) | more than 8 years ago | (#15169546)

damn, the parent just broke the mood analyzer thingie.

Re:Someone try this tech on Slashdot Story Submiss (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15169687)

Wow, sounds like you've got an appointment with the business end of a CNN camera crew, yourself.

zerg (2, Interesting)

Lord Omlette (124579) | more than 8 years ago | (#15169514)

They did this for Livejournal. It would always, without fail, return "tired".

One word: (2, Funny)

Xaroth (67516) | more than 8 years ago | (#15169547)


Its brilliantly interesting (1)

deft (253558) | more than 8 years ago | (#15169558)

The ability to automate the aggregation of all this information and display it is pretty cool, and the target for this data mining is the general population is pretty cool.

Of course things like trends will skew it so its not really what people are thinking, but rather what theier online personality wants other people to think they are thinking.... but still, very interesting!

My mood? (0, Redundant)

VTMarik (880085) | more than 8 years ago | (#15169572)

VTMarik is a sad panda. BOMB THE BLOGOSPHERE! /QC Rocks! //Fark sig out!

What's the mood of Slashdot on this one? (2, Funny)

StressGuy (472374) | more than 8 years ago | (#15169589)


There I go pissing karma away again....

debating the color of Schrödinger's cat? (2, Funny)

Gothmolly (148874) | more than 8 years ago | (#15169595)

Just as useless, and as unprovable. Next, specialized computer technology to detect the color underwear most bloggers wear?

bloggers underwear (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15170163)

The answers to that just came in

"Original colour unidentifiable due to excessive staining."

Tepid (1)

Dorsai65 (804760) | more than 8 years ago | (#15169607)

Amusing, but fairly pointless unless the thundering herd of sheeple that live their lives by what's hot/popular go for it - at which time it'll become profitable in a limited way for a limited number of people.

Otherwise? yawn

Website still up? (5, Informative)

Chris_Jefferson (581445) | more than 8 years ago | (#15169662)

This can't be right.. the website is still up. Perhaps that is because no-one can find the link To the actual moodviews website [] .

I can't decide if I should feel guilty for posting this..

Re:Website still up? (2, Insightful)

TubeSteak (669689) | more than 8 years ago | (#15169788)

AFAIK, they're looking at Live Journal tags [] and then comparing it to their analysis of the posts' text. []

I'm not sure how innovative this is, without actually knowing how they guess at the mood. Maybe it's something as simple as training a Bayesian filter and then saying "gosh, look at how accurate the predictions are!" The application would be innovative, but not the method.

It would make for some great targeted advertising:
Feeling depressed: Shop online for clothes!
Feeling in love: Buy your sweet heart some flowers.

Re:Website still up? (1)

whitehatlurker (867714) | more than 8 years ago | (#15170266)

It seems that their mood sensor must not be working, 'cause the "dorky" index for blogspace [] isn't increasing.

Tags required? (1)

CFrankBernard (605994) | more than 8 years ago | (#15169711)

Does this mean we all have to start tagging?

That's great...brilliant idea...[/sarcasm]

That's simply incredible!!! (1)

McFadden (809368) | more than 8 years ago | (#15169718)

So according to the mood measurement graph, the mood of bloggers becomes more "sleepy" late at night at around the time when a large number of the population generally go to bed.

That's an amazing demonstration of how technology can reveal insightful and as yet unknown facts about humanity that we never would have been able to predict without this fantastic new tool.

I can't believe how cool.... oh wait... Doh!

blogospere lol (1, Funny)

jigjigga (903943) | more than 8 years ago | (#15169726)

Whats next? podcastosphere? TrendytechwordO'sphere?

i've got one of those (2, Funny)

syrinx (106469) | more than 8 years ago | (#15169774)

I've found thier top-secret code:

Mood of LiveJournal: angsty

Re:i've got one of those (1)

syrinx (106469) | more than 8 years ago | (#15169785)

(there were supposed to be html tags in there, but Slashdot ate them. ah well. I fail it.)

This is more interesting... (1)

Blazeix (924805) | more than 8 years ago | (#15169781)

The article focuses on the moodview, which analyzes the tags that bloggers use. While this may lead to some interesting data manipulation procedures, I think that Mood Teller [] is more interesting, it actually scans the text, and makes a guess on the mood. Then it compares its guess to the actual data that was gathered using the blogger tags.

Neal Stephenson - Interface (1)

xixax (44677) | more than 8 years ago | (#15170092)

While individual applications can vary in how good they are, or are not, the general area of research is an interesting one. Yeah, OK we can spot Emo kids angsting on LJ, but couple Mood Teller with some context and you start building something like what Neal Stepheson describes in Interface.For example, what it the mood of people when they are thinking (writing) about Iran? How about Apple's Boot Camp software?

Of course there are a few non-trivial issues to solve like biase (people are more likely to blog about a topic when they feel strongly about it). But that's not likely to be much worse than telephone polls.


Don't Be Fooled (1, Troll)

Quantam (870027) | more than 8 years ago | (#15169799)

This is just another weapon for Bushitler's arsenal against civil liberties and free thought!

Magic 8 Ball Anyone? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15169843)

They could just implement a "Magic 8 Ball" complete with fancy random seed generator, add their own personal bias for the day, and no one would know any better! But, "really cool, dude."

Nielsen BuzzMetrics (1)

sonofagunn (659927) | more than 8 years ago | (#15169868)

BuzzMetrics is already doing similar type of stuff. You can pay them to research your product or to keep tabs on it and some sort of search engine technology captures how much buzz the product is generating on the web as well as compiling reviews, blogs, posts, articles, etc., for review.

track? (1)

spezz (150943) | more than 8 years ago | (#15169870)

What's there to track? Just leave it set to "pissy" and you'll be fine.

and the mood on 4/20 (2, Interesting)

SecureTheNet (915798) | more than 8 years ago | (#15169892)

According to their page, under "Which moods are hot?" they list "high" high []

Notice the sudden spike in the "high" mood on 4/20? I thought that was interesting.

Re:and the mood on 4/20 (1)

Peyna (14792) | more than 8 years ago | (#15169906)

Notice the sudden spike in the "high" mood on 4/20? I thought that was interesting.

Considering that probably 99% of those who listed their mood as "high" have probably never even seen marijuana before in their lives, I don't find it that interesting.

Corporate Email (1)

wallior (617195) | more than 8 years ago | (#15169905)

Hope they don't run this algorithm on my corporate account. They will find out how drunk I am just to get through a day's work.

Classification: Pop-AI (1)

aldheorte (162967) | more than 8 years ago | (#15169993)

All these pop-AI things come down to one thing: keyword search counts. Create a bag of keywords, count the number of times they show up in some arbitrary (usually Web these days) search, and make an arbitrary determination of what each bag of keywords means. Then pass it off as some sort of special intelligent sensor or machine intelligence, add in some buzzword references to biological brain structures or psychological processes, and pretend you are some genius.

But guess what? It's just a set of arbitrary keyword search counts and essentially arbitrarily meaningless. In most cases, just the data sampling side of things is rife with egregious statistical errors. In this case, it's even worse because they are essentially taking a search-space soft pitch ("mood labels") and just aggregating the counts.

similar (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15170020) [] has been doing similar for several years now with their "webbot" project. They use crawlers to check out what people are saying, the mood of the web, etc, and their own analysis software, then they have been doing geopolitical/economic and "other" (like upcoming maybe disasters, etc) predictions based on the results. They have been surprisingly..uhh..surprised. They have gotten better with each new crawl. It's a (reasonably priced) subscription service though to get the full reports.

note: link URL also leads to speed reading/comprehension software. Two different products here, I am referring to the top of the page, the ALTA reports from each new crawl.

I have no ties with them whatsoever, just it fits in the news category.

Coming soon... (1)

sharpestmarble (875443) | more than 8 years ago | (#15170069)

Emoti-bombing. Just like GoogleBombing, but for emotions on LiveJournal!

bloggers = wankers (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#15170406)

But not as much as the people who read them.

Oh wait, there's blogs outside LiveJournal/MySpace? Where people write about things other than themselves?

My mistake.

wow... (1)

rice_burners_suck (243660) | more than 7 years ago | (#15170457)

This is an extremely interesting story. I think they have some kind of dictionary setup that compares various words to a bunch of different moods, and then some calculation based on how many of each category of words shows up. So if there's a bunch of cuss words, for example, it'll figure people are pissed off.
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