Friday, 25 January 2013

More Personal Facebook Data Shown By Wolfram Alpha

Wolfram Alpha, the computational knowledge engine that previously launched a Facebook tool for Personal Analytics has expanded what it can do and how much it can analyse. This is quite the achievement considering how much it could previously do.

John Burnham of Wolfram Alpha wrote in a blog post that: “One of the most shared pods from our first release was our colorful social network visualization.”

“We’re extending this idea to help you better understand how your social network fits together. To start with, we’re showing you a new visualization that highlights friends based on the way they fit into your network.”

“Say you’re a college student. You might have a group of friends from college, and another group from your old high school. If you’ve got any college classmates who also went to your high school, we might label them on your report as social connectors, because they connect two otherwise separate groups of your friends.”

Five different network roles which have been updated on Wolfram Alpha are social insiders and outsiders, social connectors, and social neighbours and gateways.

Burnham continued to say that “Social insiders and outsiders are opposites . . . A social insider has a lot of friends in common with you (e.g. your girlfriend since freshman year); conversely, a social outsider is someone with whom you have few or no mutual friends (e.g. that girl you met horseback riding in Romania).

“Social gateways and neighbours are also opposites: a social gateway contact has a lot of friends that are outside your network (e.g. the editor of your college newspaper), whereas a social neighbour has few friends outside your network (e.g. your identical twin).”

“Social insiders and social neighbours sometimes overlap, as do gateways and outsiders – but not always. For example, a social outsider simply may not have enough outside friends to be a social gateway.”

Multiple aesthetic changes have been made to the site as well as a colour coding addition to different properties (e.g. relationship status, age, sex). The ability to filter your network by age, location, etc, is another new feature.

The development and evolution of your Facebook profile can be displayed as Wolfram Alpha have introduced Facebook Historical Analytics which collects information to be able to show all data.

This analysis is a good way to access this data for those who are still waiting to have the Facebook Graph Search accessibility distributed to them. To use the Facebook analysis, go to Wolfram Alpha, search ‘facebook report’ and then click on ‘Analyze my Facebook Data.”

What do you make of Wolfram Alpha’s data analysis?

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