Breakups: The Dumpster

February 15th, 2006 by Tim Barkow

dumpster_overview.gif A quick link from yesterday, in case you missed it in your Valentine’s Day reveries: The Dumpster (loads a java app).

The Dumpster … attempts to depict a slice through the romantic lives of American teenagers. Using real postings extracted from millions of online blogs, visitors to the project can surf through tens of thousands of specific romantic relationships in which one person has “dumped” another.

The project’s graphical tools reveal the astonishing similarities, unique differences, and underlying patterns of these failed relationships, providing both peculiarly analytic and sympathetically intimate perspectives onto the diversity of global romantic pain.