Apparently there are a lot of sad people on Twitter - and that’s exactly the vibe that do-gooders CheerUppers are set to change.
Using the Twitter API and MetaMind’s sentiment analysis API, users are able to discover ‘sad’ Tweets and positively respond to them. The program accumulates Tweets that uses 'unhappy' words, thus indicating that a person needs cheering up and relies on humanity's sense of goodwill to put a smile on someone’s dial.
The website has a relatively simple user interface - on the homepage you’re presented with two self-explanatory options: to ‘Cheer Somebody Up’ and to ‘View Recent Posts.’ We clicked on ‘View Recent Posts,’ and it’s actually a testament to how sweet and caring the online community can be. For example:
CheerUpper’s Founder, Anthony DiMeo talked to Radio National’s Antony Funnell about what the website’s concept says about society at large. DiMeo says, “CheerUpper is nice because somebody really does sit down and take the time to process it, to really look at what somebody else is saying, even if the person who said it might just expect to be part of this stream of noise."
If you don’t walk away from this blog with the warm and fuzzies, we suggest sending a ‘sad’ Tweet with #cheermeup into the nethers.