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03 OCTOBER 2008

I Want You To Want Me

"I Want You To Want Me chronicles the world’s long–term relationship with romance, across all ages, genders, and sexualities, gathering new data from a variety of online dating sites every few hours. The system searches these sites for certain phrases, which it then collects and stores in a database. These phrases, taken out of context, provide partial glimpses into people’s private lives. Simultaneously, the system forms an evolving zeitgeist of dating, tracking the most popular first dates, turn–ons, desires, self–descriptions and interests."
(Jonathan Harris & Sep Kamvar, 2008)



algorithmbig datadatadata scraping • Design and the Elastic Mind • I Want You To Want Me • information designinterpretativeJonathan HarrisMoMAonline datingrelationshipsromancesentiment analysisSep Kamvarsexual agencysocial commentvisualisationwords and phrases


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