Infographic of the Day: The Many Moods of NYC

Launched in August 2011, Wyst is a social media app that allows users to tag locations in New York City with an emoticon. After a year of collecting data, Wyst has compiled enough info to publish its first Mood Map of NYC.
October 3, 2012, 11am PDT | Jonathan Nettler | @nettsj
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A high volume of internet traffic, and commenting, is evidently made up of people intent on explaining why they're angry about something. But Wyst's results show a happier side to social media. "Happy" was, by far, the top emoticon shared by users of the mood sampling app in New York City. In their mood map of the city, Wyst has been able to pinpoint the most common sentiments in each of the city's neighborhoods.

"It's predictable that the angriest nabe is the high-testosterone Financial District," say the editors of The Architect's Newspaper. "More unexpected is Hasidic-hipster South Williamsburg's status as the flirtiest. Cheers, East Village, you're the drunkest. Roosevelt Island? The most surprised ("You can only drive here from Queens?" "There's a Louis Kahn-designed park?"). Poor Clinton Hill ranks as the absolute saddest-chin up, Pratt students! Cross the river and get some liquid courage with your NYU friends."

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Published on Tuesday, October 2, 2012 in The Architect's Newspaper
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