MoodJam is an online diary that allows people to express their moods using colors.
I worked on MoodJam in late 2006. Earlier that year, a bunch of HCII Ph.D. students and I discussed many ideas for mood-sharing projects. We didn't make anything, but these discussions seeded my interest in tools for sharing moods. Several months later, I stumbled upon the MIT Media Lab's web site and I really liked the colors and graphics of the web site. I thought what if you record moods using strips of colors?
MoodJam has a form for users to post their moods. Users can visualize their moods by selecting several colors from a color palette. Users can associate these colors with words that describe their moods. People can also add a note to describe in more detail how they are feeling.
Users' moods are visualized in different ways.
In early 2007, Google promoted their Google Gadgets API by running a contest. I created a Google Gadget called My MoodJam. My MoodJam received two Google Gadget Awards: (1) the Prettiest gadget and (2) the Gadget most likely to get you a date.
In 2008, the Department of Computer Science of Carnegie Mellon University established an annual Smiley Award for innovation in technology-assisted person-to-person communication. I entered MoodJam for the inaugural competition and it received a Smiley Award Honorable Mention.