Today is the Presidential Election Day in the US. Since I don’t live there anymore, I feel a little aloof, but I have a strong preference for one candidate over the other, so I am following it very closely.

Here is something the New York Times is doing. “What one word describes your state of mind?” And they tally it up for the three categories: everyone, McCain supporters, Obama supporters. They use visualization techniques similar to tag clouds, where they put the most popular words in big letters, and the less popular ones in smaller letters. For the McCain supporter words, they use red font, for the Obama supporters, they use blue font.

It’s a hint that people outside of research are picking up on the trend of caring about emotion language on the Web. It’s pretty cool, check it out!

What one word describes your state of mind?