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Wolfram’s facebook report – Personal social analytics

I haven’t visited Wolfram Alpha in years, but I have fond memories. It was a major contributor to my passing score in multivariable calculus.  Thankfully, my lack of patronage hasn’t slowed down the good work of physicist and founder Mr. Stephen Wolfram. Today the team at Wolfram announced another scientific breakthrough.  Wolfram Alpha is now capable providing a full social analysis of your facebook activity.  That’s right!  Think you’re a social outcast?  Now we can back that up with HARD data.They are calling it a facebook report.  You can get your report by visiting the site and typing facebook report into the search bar.

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The website will redirect you to facebook and ask for your permission to gather data and build your report, but the resulting explosion of graphs, drill down data, and infographics is totally worth it.

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After pouring over my report, I’m convinced that I now know more about myself than should be allowed by law. Most prevalent posting period? Wednesdays at midnight. Furthest friend? Malyasia.  Biggest fan? Of course– Hi Mom!  Knowing about yourself is great, but the real star of the report is the friends network graph.  Do you have a secret stalker? Do you know which of your friends are “social insiders” which are “social outsiders?”   Here’s my word cloud.  Can anyone guess what life event I committed to earlier this year?  🙂

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If you like, you can even anonymously donate your social information to Wolfram Alpha so they can continue building their social database until it becomes self-aware.  This might turn off some of the worry-worts out there — here is their data privacy policy — but I’m not concerned.  Behind this treasure-trove of beautifully sorted and digestible data is much more pedestrian intention.  Mr. Wolfram has finally calculated a way to get people to sign up for a Wolfram Alpha account.  Good work!

2 thoughts on “Wolfram’s facebook report – Personal social analytics”

  1. OK Son – this is way above me in the “clouds” but so proud of you for letting us know how to do this. Yes, paranoia pounces on all of us, but I trust your judgement!
    Quite an intellectual article – must have gotten your literary ability from your Mom. Love

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