MoodThingy currently operates on the WordPress platform, though support for more platforms is in progress.
Better than a "like" or "dislike," this handy widget is a simple way to express how an article makes them feel; we've found it encouraging feedback from lurkers and reducing flame bait from trolls too.It's easy to embed and customizable with CSS.
See which articles excite, amuse, or bore your readers. Sort the content by mood and number of votes in the past day, week, or month. Use this data to learn about the mood of your audience, decide which stories to chase, or as an internal leaderboard to encourage your writers.
Feature the most exciting, heartbreaking, or mind-blowing articles on your site. Mood-based ratings are a better indicator of interest than number of comments or pageviews, making this widget a good compliment or replacement to typical "Most Popular" modules. Articles can also be filtered for just the most recent, or of all time.
Ernie Hsiung is Principal of LYD Labs, a small business focused on front-end development for community based websites. Previously, he was a Developer Evangelist at internet start-up Ning, as well a front-end engineer for Yahoo! and its product development incubator, Yahoo! Brickhouse. Along with his development work, Ernie is a well-known blogger: He's the founder and Editor-in-Chief of 8Asians.com, a community blog for Asian Americans and for over ten years blogged about his personal life on his award-winning weblog Little, Yellow, Different. Ernie holds a B.S. in Computer Science Engineering from University of California Davis.
Mike Lee is a former software engineer turned startup entrepreneur. With a background in web and mobile technologies, Mike cofounded WebMocha, a technology services agency with clients such as Google, Yahoo!, MySpace, ideeli, MOG, etc. Most recently, he was the Director of Mobile Products at TripIt. Prior to that, he held senior product management and technical management roles at Yahoo!. He also serves on the Board of Advisors for several technology startups. Mike holds a B.S. in marketing and a B.A. in graphic communications management & technology from New York University.