What is WolframAlpha doing on Facebook?  Why, it’s parsing your data and making it it pretty while it fascinates.  I love this word cloud mixup of “Davidescu Boles” and “David Gordon” all sitting there scrambled and brewing together in a “today” slurry of “reviews” “stories” “wonders” and “google jazz reports” — I love visual data!

If you want WolframAlpha to parse all your public and private Facebook bits, just go there and type in “facebook” for your search term.  Then, when the Facebook button appears, click it, give WolframAlpha permission to use your Facebook data, and you’re good to go!

The anticipation builds as WolframAlpha digs deep into your Facebook status updates and friendships.  Minutes pass…

When the parsing is finished, you’ll be presented with a long list of different data points.  Some topics include how many Likes you have on certain topics and you’ll get the gender breakdown of your friends.   I have 52% Male friends and 47% female friends. 43% of my friends are married and 33% are single.  My friends range in age from 14 to 105.  I have a lot of friends who are 105 — so that must be the top-allowed fudge date for people who really don’t want the Facebook world to know how old they really are..

Here is my “Most Liked Post:”

Here a quantified look at my status updates parsed by day of the week and time of day.

Here are my friends by country:

country | number of friends
United States | 752  (43.7%)
India | 235  (13.6%)
Germany | 138  (8%)
United Kingdom | 92  (5.3%)
Philippines | 51  (3%)
other | 454  (27.1%)
(1058 cities , 379 states , 85 countries)
(based on 1722 of 5381 friends)

Most common friend first names:

Michael (42)  |  David (36)  |  John (31)  |  Mark (29)  |
Richard (21)  |  ...
(based on 4716 of 5381 friends)

It’s pretty fun to sift through all the Facebook data points.  You really get a feel for your place in the world and a good sense of how the world views you.

If you decide to give WolframAlpha permission to parse your Facebook data, come back here and post a comment and share with us the most interesting facts you learned about your Facebook life that most surprised you.

Posted by David Boles

David Boles was born in Nebraska and his MFA is from Columbia University in the City of New York. He is an Author, Lyricist, Playwright, Publisher, Editor, Actor, Designer, Director, Poet, Producer, and Boodle Boy for print, radio, television, film, the web and the live stage. With more than 50 books in print, David continues to write 2MM words a year. He has authored over 25K articles and published more. Read the Prairie Voice Archive at Boles.com | Buy his books at David Boles Books Writing & Publishing | Earn the world with David Boles University | Get a script doctored at Script Professor | Touch American Sign Language mastery at Hardcore ASL.

11 Comments

  1. Lillian Boyington October 11, 2012 at 12:23 pm

    FUN!

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    1. It’s definitely a fun trip!

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  2. Here’s my word cloud :

    I’ve got an almost even share of friends, gender-wise :

    http://www.wolframalpha.com/share/clip?f=d41d8cd98f00b204e9800998ecf8427ekqfmn3h4rt

    54% of my friends are married.
    My legitimately oldest friend is my Kindergarden teacher, who is 72.

    Some stuff needs a pro account. I guess they have to make money somehow!:)

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    1. Cool stuff, Gordon! I know who Chad is — but why does he figure so prominently in your status updates?

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      1. We tag each other when we see things the other person would find amusing. Sort of a tit-for-tat. I don’t have that kind of relationship with most anyone else.

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        1. Ha! I was imagining status updates like…

          “Chad is still sleeping on my couch!”

          or

          “Chad is still brewing trouble at Starbucks!”

          or

          “I tricked Chad today when he wanted a drink of my tea! I pretended to pour some of mine into his sippy cup and he drank it like he owned it!”

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          1. “I just bought Chad a microwave! He was playing with burnt matches!”

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          2. Lillian Boyington October 12, 2012 at 1:56 pm

            That was pretty “slick” of Mr. Boles, wasn’t it? :)

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  3. Lillian Boyington October 13, 2012 at 7:09 am

    **Male: 52%
    **Female: 47%
    **3 People who apparently are over 100 yrs old:)

    country | number of friends
    United States | 256 (80.3%)
    Canada | 8 (2.5%)
    Indonesia | 6 (1.9%)
    Israel | 6 (1.9%)
    Australia | 4 (1.3%)
    other | 39 (12.1%)
    (241 cities , 85 states , 28 countries)
    (based on 319 of 857 friends)

    I saved my word cloud, but I have no idea how to post a link to it here……. I will share it on my FB page tho

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    1. Cool update, Lillian, thanks!

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