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MoodJam

Moods Now In Color


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Published 04/17/2012 and rated Ratingstars2 2 out of 5 stars
by Robyn Valenzuela
What can you use the app for?

MoodJam is an application that allows its users to describe their moods and then get a colorful visualization representing their current state. Users could also track their mood (swings perhaps) through the MoodJam portal. Friends are able to visit one another's MoodJam profile to see their mood history. Users could also follow their fellow MoodJammer friends to get updates on how they are feeling. Users new to MoodJam can create their first mood. They are asked to enter in some adjectives, pick a color and rate how positive or negative they are feeling at a certain moment. That mood will be store onto the user's MoodJam profile. As MoodJam users continue to use the application, they will unlock certain achievements that let them create more dimensional (more colorful) moods moving forward. Like other social networks, users can see how many followers they have and also how many people they are following themselves. Users could also list their location, blog URL or a biography on their MoodJam profile. MoodJam also sets up a valence of colors for the month and users can roll their mouse over the colors to see the adjectives that the colors represent from the MoodJam community.

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What is the history and popularity of the app?

MoodJam originated as an idea form Ian Li and some other Ph.D. students who were interested in a mood-sharing project. After a visit to MIT's Media Lab, Ian was inspired by the colors that they were using at the top of their site so he thought it would be need to record one's moods using colors. Therefore he created MoodJam and it released in October 2006. In early 2007, MoodJam won two Google Gadget Awards: (1) the Prettiest gadget and (2) the Gadget most likely to get you a date. Some time passed and then Ian attended a Quantified Self European Conference in Amsterdam in 2011. There he met a user of his MoodJam site and that inspired him to release a new version of Moodjam in 2012.

What are the differences to other apps?

MoodJam is a simple and visual way to track how one feels over a period of time. As the user participates more in the MoodJam community, they will unlock additional capabilities to display more colorful and dimensional moods. It really is that simple.

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How does the web app look and feel to use?

MoodJam is very simple to use, and the color spectrums throughout it are pretty appealing. Being able to only have a single color mood at first is a little disparaging and this user thought that by inputting adjectives and the valence scale that MoodJam would generate a "colorful badge" for them. However, the process is a bit more manual and whimsical. User's just pick the colors that speak to them the most at that time.

How does the registration process work?

Users can sign up for MoodJam using the Sign Up link on their homepage. MoodJam will request a first and last name, a username, an email address and a password in order to start up an account. The site also has a "Captcha" mechanism so users have to type in a word or two to verify that they are human. From there users can begin to setup their profile, setup their mood and more.

What does it cost to use the application?

MoodJam is 100% free to use, and there are no plans to charge users in the future for utilizing this application.

Who would you recommend the application to?

MoodJam is sort of neat. Perhaps for someone who is intently keeping a diary, to have a visualization of their moods over a course of time and in color might be interesting. For those who are interested in or know what "Quantified Self" is, then this might be an application for them to. For the rest of us, MoodJam is a nice to see, but there is nothing world-changing about it.

  • Track moods using colors and words
  • Share and broadcast one's mood online
  • See visualizations of one's mood


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