Things to Watch: Moodpik
Moodpik is a deceptively simple social networking platform where you sign up, on either the website or by downloading the app, creating a profile where you pick and post how you feel and share it with those whom you care about. Yet, in the mind-bogglingly large field of social networking and technology based on helping us be more efficient, Moodpik may actually have the stuff to be able to bring people together and ultimately make us happier and more fulfilled because it practically focuses on life’s most fundamental issues.
This is all well and good, but how does it work, and what’s it really about?
You. Yes, it’s that complicated.
Last Friday, while in Stockholm, I had the pleasure of sitting down with its charismatic founder and visionary, Angelo Ajayi (@G_Angelo_Ajayi), who explained to me how it works, and why this innovative marriage of philosophy and technology is critical to our world, all of which beings and ends with, you guessed it, you.
SN: What is Moodpik, and where did the idea for Moodpik come from?
AA: MoodPik is a sentiment discovery platform that helps people keep emotional tabs on each other. It's one part social and one part data. Data, here, meaning that we make sentiment aggregates at given locations visible to the world. MoodPik came out of a simple question, "Where do I go to see how people are feeling?" I couldn't answer that question, and MoodPik was born.
SN: What are we and why is that important?
AA: For ages, "What are we?" has been a philosophical question, but I believe that we have arrived at a point were science has caught up with what the ancients knew eons ago: that at the core of the particles that make us up is nothing—just empty space. And if we are to believe it, that we come from nothing, then what are we? I think we are a feeling, and you only get to that realization when you consider how you sum up your experience in life; it's the feeling you remember, the joy, the pain and all the things in between and around.
The feeling I am speaking of is the same thing as the single consciousness that is all of us—the one that compassion allows us to tap into. Knowing that you are something much more significant than what's confined beneath your skin is incredibly important because that knowledge is an ally in dealing with the crises life brings you. It's the same knowledge that prevents you from feeling somehow alien to the world and in natural opposition to it. Having this knowledge allows us only one conclusion: that the only strategy that works is to love everyone, instead of going about trying to destroy everything.
SN: What brought you to the idea that thoughts and feelings have power?
AA: Innately, I'd always sensed that thoughts and feelings were somehow directly related to what your life looked like, but it was just a scene. It wasn't until I saw Dr. Masaru Emoto's water and thought experiment that I made it a priority to properly understand the practical (even spiritual) relationship between thoughts, feelings, and life. Dr. Emoto demonstrated that thoughts are not simply distractions that float about your head, they are physical vibrations that alter our physical world.
SN: How do you think awareness of thoughts and feelings can positively change the world?
AA: When we talk of awareness of thoughts and feeling we are talking of mindfulness, that is paying attention on purpose and without judgment. Mindfulness is a practice that’s gaining a lot of supporters, praising how it’s transforming lives at home, in school, at work—you name it. We live in a time when a Unites States Congressman has written a book on what it takes to become a mindful nation and the incredible results that are possible. At the very least, being aware of your thoughts and emotions helps you maintain a healthy balance of mind and body and it helps you constructively engage the world around you.
SN: One of the things I think a social networking company such as yours needs to survive is relevance and utility outside of itself, to be able to be used in concert with other platforms and/or be integrated into existing social structures—schools, hospitals, government, etc. Where do you see Moodpik in this regard?
AA: MoodPik is built to integrate. When you are dealing with emotions, it's a matter of presentation. It's important for me to know that my friend is "nervous," but it's perspective changing to know that half of 18-year-old boys in Seattle are "angry" or that 30% of my staff is "anxious." People power everything, and so long as that stays constant there will always be a need to be aware of emotion. MoodPik is currently poised to work with various social structures as demonstrated by our work with schools.
SN: What type of functionality, if any, do you hope to add in the future?
AA: We are just starting out so there is still bit more functionality we want to add. One of the more interesting features we are currently working on is anonymous mood posting. This function gives users the ability to post anonymously and to interact anonymously with any other anonymous mood on the platform. More to come.
SN: What do you think is the greatest challenge to our generation, and how does your platform meet this challenge?
AA: Our generation, I believe, is tasked with answering the question, "What matters?" The only way to answer that question is to see beyond ourselves and begin to recognize that there is no difference between "I" and "other," and when you give of yourself you give to yourself. Emotion is key. It is what reminds us that the best part of life is not what happens when we are thinking of ourselves, it's what happens when we are thinking of others. And that's the point of Moodpik, to show that emotion is what connects us all.
App available via the APP Store, or sign up at http://moodpik.com.