Friday, November 7, 2008

Jump on the Word Train

Sometimes the creativity of the people in the newspaper business astounds me. When we are given the challenge of translating the feelings of people, newspeople have traditionally shown it in pictures and in 'pull-out quotes.' But the New York Times came up with a really new concept. It's the idea of the word map, but taken to a completely interactive level. They have created a system by which you can input one word that describes your reaction to the election (or more). Then you can view what others have written based on the time they inputed it and who they support. It's actually a pretty neat thing to do and an interesting way to visualize the reactions of a nation. Plus there's nothing better than boosting the interactive nature of a news Web site.

Here's the site if you'd like to take a look: Election Word Train.

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