Soulja Boy has never looked so…analyzed.

You know you’re all grown up when kids ask you what games you have on your computer and the first thing that pops into your mind is some web-app for generating sweet visualizations of your own (and other people’s!) data sets. Maybe “all grown up” isn’t it…maybe the phrase I was looking for was “a huge nerd.” But then again, dear readers, you probably are too–so check out Many Eyes and try, try, I dare you, to not spend too many hours on it.

When fellow data-nerd Tim and I were checking it out, we found the above excellent breakdown of the lyrics of “Crank dat Soulja Boy.” Tim’s first comment was that the number of “u”s in “youuuuu” should be standardized for better analysis. Besides making him the king of the nerds, the statement also brings up a pretty good point. There’s so much amazing information on the internet, I wish there were several people whose jobs it was to simply spend 8+ hours a day organizing and labeling it. You know, like librarians for the internet. I’m by no means saying that we should impose a top-down structure of organization–user-generated metadata is SUCH an excellent thing–but rather that maybe if some tools were in place, that information could be even better organized. It’d be great if there was some automated way to make even something as seemingly silly as the number of “u”s in “youuuuu” uniform in lyrics. Or if you could have tag suggestions and groupings in Flickr so that “moblogging” and “cameraphone” and “mobile blogging” were all connected to each other. Wouldn’t that be great?