Wolfram Alpha analyzes your Facebook profile

Wolfram Alpha (your favorite online computing engine) has recently launched a v.cool analysis of your FB profile. It’s full of charts and graphs and word clouds and a friend network and lots more fun data munching.

Simply go to http://wolframalpha.com/ and type in “facebook report” to get yours. Here’s a sample of my friend network using clustering by mutual friends:

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Wolfram Alpha launches Facebook personal analytics reports

http://www.theverge.com/2012/8/30/3280277/wolfram-alpha-facebook-personal-analytics-reports

Wolfram Alpha is continuing to expand into the data analytics space with a feature that will likely be more popular amongst regular users than its professional data analysis service: personal analytics reports based on Facebook. To try it, simply go to Wolfram Alpha’s website, type in “Facebook report,” and enable the Wolfram Alpha Facebook app. As you might expect, it needs plenty of permissions in order to analyze your Facebook activity and friends, but once you grant them, Wolfram Alpha kicks out a remarkably detailed report in very short order. Details on where you checked in, whether your friends are married or single, a cluster-map of your friend network, and information about your own Facebook usage are all presented with detailed graphs that you can easily share.

You might think of it as a data-lover’s version of Facebook’s own Timeline, broken down into as many as 60 different reports. It is a stunning reminder of just how much Facebook knows about you and your network, and also gives you a chance to dig into your personal analytics almost as much as Stephen Wolfram has dug into his.

WOLFRAM|ALPHA PERSONAL ANALYTICS FOR FACEBOOK

http://blog.wolframalpha.com/2012/08/30/wolframalpha-personal-analytics-for-facebook/

And today I’m excited to announce that we’ve developed a first round of capabilities in Wolfram|Alpha to let anyone do personal analytics with Facebook data. Wolfram|Alpha knows about all kinds of knowledge domains; now it can know about you, and apply its powers of analysis to give you all sorts of personal analytics. And this is just the beginning; over the months to come, particularly as we see about how people use this, we’ll be adding more and more capabilities.

If you’re doing this for the first time, you’ll be prompted to authenticate the Wolfram Connection app in Facebook, and then sign in to Wolfram|Alpha (yes, it’s free). And as soon as you’ve done that, Wolfram|Alpha will immediately get to work generating a personal analytics report from the data it can get about you through Facebook.

– Randall Noval

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