These past few years, many of us have been unconsciously collecting data about ourselves through the use of social media. The content we create and publish on our social networking sites could tell us a lot about ourselves. The problem is, how do we collect this data and turn it into useful information?
Leave it to Stephen Wolfram, perhaps the world’s most influential data geek to do it for us. Wolfram|Alpha has launched a feature called Facebook Report that uses your Facebook data to compile a personal analytics report. This very thorough report tells you how many statuses you’ve published, clusters of your social networks, where your friends are located, at what hour are you most active on FB, who comments on your statuses and other juicy details.
Below is a cloud of top words I’ve used in statuses based on my personal data:
From the looks of this word cloud, it looks like time is very important to me and constantly on my mind. I also notice that besides lol and wanna, the rest of my top used words are all spelled correctly. Who wants grammar police all up in their case, man?
Whether you think this service is cool or creepy will depend on your views of online privacy. For data junkies like me, this is pretty cool. Maybe later on they’ll add Twitter data as well.
If you’re interested in viewing your own personal Facebook report, just go to wolframalpha.com and type in “facebook report” into the search bar. You’ll have to authorize the app but after that, you’ll be able to see some interesting data about yourself and your social networks. Cheers.