Capturing your Mood

There are lots of ways to organise the information on the web.

Google “organise” the world’s information based on revealed and stated (either through search or consumption of content)  preference, interest or need.

Facebook gets people to “like” things, and thereby organises the internet’s content via a big “word of mouth” engine (after all, who do you trust more than your friends?)

Of course sometimes you don’t know what you don’t know. Or put another way, how do you frame the question when you don’t know (or don’t necessarily care) what you are looking for. You just want to be inspired with stuff you never knew was out there anyway.

I have become increasingly interested in sites that provide interfaces that aggregate and present content (pictures, video, music etc) of the web based on some simple parameters that you set.

On the music front, musicovery is a favourite.

Chose things like genre, period etc, but also pick whether your mood is Calm v. Energetic or Dark v. Positive. You’ll be surprised at the new music you find (try telling it a challenge by telling it you are calm/ positive and only like Metal music from the 60s and 70s…)

Getty images are one of the great collectors of photographic and video content on the web.

Their hypnotic Moodstream lets you enter a set of “moodsettings” which are then turned into an incredible stream of photos all set to music (which you also get to chose parameters for).

I couldn’t take my eyes off it. Brilliant.

Copyright 2010 Caspar Schlickum

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