It'd take a mighty thermometer to take the internet's temperature, but information artists Jonathan Harris and Sepandar Kamvar began trying when they unleashed We Feel Fine
. An automated process had been harvesting feelings from the blogosphere for around a year, pulling sentences containing key words from blogs and reverse engineering its way to information about the author, their location and the local weather, to bring about an online, nearly realtime survey of how people feel. Harris' previous works
conjure up similar pieces of humanity from the ether, but the next time you feel alone, joyous, cranky or bored, check in with We Feel Fine—odds are someone else does, too.