TextTone: Expressing Emotion Through Text

  • Ankur Kalra
  • Karrie Karahalios
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 3585)


An increasingly large part of online communication is inherently social in nature. This social interaction is limited by the modalities of online communication, which do not convey tone or emotion well. Although some solutions have evolved or have been proposed, they are inherently ambiguous. We present a system, TextTone, for the explicit expression of emotion in online textual communication. TextTone incorporates reader-specific preferences for the visualization of tone and emotion. We describe social interaction and visualization scenarios that TextTone can be meaningfully used for and discuss an initial implementation. Finally, we present the results of a preliminary evaluation of this implementation of TextTone.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ankur Kalra
    • 1
  • Karrie Karahalios
    • 1
  1. 1.University of Illinois at Urbana-ChampaignUSA

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