I Want You to Want Me was an interactive visualization of online romance:

(It) chronicles the world’s long-term relationship with romance, across all ages, genders, and sexualities, gathering new data from a variety of online dating sites every few hours. The system searches these sites for certain phrases, which it then collects and stores in a database. These phrases, taken out of context, provide partial glimpses into people’s private lives. Simultaneously, the system forms an evolving zeitgeist of dating, tracking the most popular first dates, turn-ons, desires, self-descriptions and interests.

Sadly, the exhibit doesn’t seem to exist anywhere online. Though the search lead me to an older project by the creators, We Feel Fine, a less aesthetically pleasing, but equally interesting work.

And that reminded me of Golan Levin’s The Secret Life of Numbers and Audiovisual Environment Suite. Then I returned to the source of this find, this Slate article on Infoviz art, and noticed Golan’s The Dumpster was mentioned, along with They Rule.

Now it’s nearly 3 AM and I’ve spent an hour clicking on useless but incredible things.

Damn you, internet. You’ve beaten me again.