In an ideal world I’d be friends with everybody and thus know what everyone is like.
Dude, this is not an ideal world.
I guess the closest I can get to knowing what everyone is like is through their conversations. Overheard.
Eavesdropped, you mean...
Overheard is a data visualisation project, charting out overheard snippets of conversation. This was especially interesting to me, having just moved from to the USA from India; it was an immersion into the lives of a people from an extraordinarily different culture from the one I was used to. Topics of conversation were categorized and organized according to how frequently they came up; the overall visual language emphasised the faded, in-and-out-edness of overheard conversations, with fragments of words and a lot of noise.