Facebook and Feelings

No doubt you've seen it by now. Facebook wants to know how you feel. Thumbnail_fbfeelings

So what does the creator of gottaFeeling think about this?

Well, to start, some of the listed “emotions” are not actually emotions. For example, “tired” is technically not an emotion –it’s a thought. I know – a little too nuanced perhaps for people to grasp.

Still, they’re going to find what I found, most people will only share emotions that are considered “positive” on Facebook. I did a survey of many of my gottaFeeling users and received the following comment – “Facebook is only for sharing positive things” from multiple users (you can share your emotion via Facebook on the gottaFeeling app).

I’m curious how long the effort will last. I personally think it’s an effort to forge intimacy (the area around which Facebook is most criticized), but I don’t have high hopes for its success. What do you think?


You learn something every day. A young iOS developer recently gave me his feedback on my gottaFeeling iPhone app. He believed that the icon for the app: looked like an Emo. What's an emo?

It's a young man (usually) who follows the emo subculture - defined by dark bangs in eyes, tight skinny black jeans and angst. See also the Wikipedia definition of emo.

Funny when I created the app I had never even heard of emo.

A Lot of Feeling

There was a relative explosion of feelings apps in the Apple Store in 2010. Which has me wondering - does iPhone app development say anything about our population and current or future sentiment? Here's a run down on the competition. Also a great resources if gottaFeeling isn't meeting all your needs right now.

Those indicated as research are research projects for Universities for which you must qualify. We're planning our next release with some of our current gaps in mind. Do let me know if you want to see anything in particular. For more updates you can follow us on Twitter @gottafeelingapp

How We're Feeling

The stats for the first two weeks of gottaFeeling are informative. Here's the data:

75% of users prefer English and 3.5% prefer Spanish. Mondays and Tuesdays garner the most sessions - meaning people use the app most on those days. 64% of users are in the U.S. and 18% are in Europe.

It's anecdotal, but I've learned:

  • Many users classify feelings as positive or negative - as opposed to just are
  • There is confusion about what is a feeling - as opposed to a thought (For a good explanation see the FAQs; linked to at the bottom of the website.)
  • Young women are uncomfortable sharing their "negative" emotions on Facebook

Which, of course, has me wondering - how can you know your social network to be supportive if in fact you never give them the chance to support you?

I Feel Stupid

Okay - that's not a feeling. You ever attempt something and get smacked down by naysayers? Do your ideas ever seem too ambitious - crazy even?

I created an iPhone app to help people get in touch with their feelings. I was at a party recently filled with entrepreneurs and of course the chatter turned to what each of us was working on. When my turn came I mentioned my mobile application. I explained it is an application to help people identify, express and manage their emotions.

A fellow across the conversational circle from me harrumphed and said, "Only girls will use that." His proclamation delivered, he turned to more important people elsewhere.

All I could think was this, "Sounds like you could use it."

You can check out the gottaFeeling app on iTunes in the app store. It's in English and Spanish.

Cognitive Prosthetics

The idea that your neural network can be completed outside of your body with other devices. So will iPhones help complete any missing circuitry you might have? I'm intrigued by this in relation to my new mobile phone application: GottaFeeling. I think there is huge potential for mobile phone applications to help people exercise circuitry that may have atrophied and even standing in for gaps in their neural makeup.

For more on the concept, click here.