I’m not sure how I’d use this but it’s interesting. Want to know the general emotional tone of a word? Run it through TweetFeel. TweetFeel will run a search for your term and divide the ensuing tweets into positive or negative. You’ll get a running tally of how twitterers feel about your particular word. TweetFeel’s at http://www.tweetfeel.com/.
I entered “Work.” After a lot of hemming and hawing (apparently TweetFeel’s popularity is taxing the service a bit at the moment), TweetFeel showed me about a dozen tweets containing the word work and estimated that the negative tone was at 100%.
A search for Dinner, on the other hand, gave me exactly 50% positive and 50% negative. Looking at the tweets you could get an idea of how TweetFeel was doing some of the analysis — there’s not a lot you can do with “dinner sucks” but sometimes, when the tweet was simply an asked question or the language seemed neutral, it was hard to see what TweetFeel was analyzing.
This site probably won’t help me with any search endeavors. On the other hand, it was fun to play with. Man, some people cuss a lot on Twitter! Especially about work. :->