One of the coolest features in Wolfram|Alpha are the personal analytics for facebook. It allows you to gain unique and personalized information on yourself and your social network by its custom generated reports. Wolfram|Alpha uses its expert-level knowledge and algorithms to accomplish this.
Based on your friend community network, friend statistics, it will show the groups of friends that make up your network, where your friends are living, how popular they are and so forth.
This gives great insights about your network and your friends, e.g. their genders and relationship statuses.
And to get a whole new perspective on your friends, you can click anywhere where you see a name pop up to generate a similar report for them based on what they share. Or you can just insert “facebook user: [ID]” in any Wolfram|Alpha search box.
Your daily posting activity gives an idea what you talk about on Facebook, when you are most active and what are your most popular photos.
That’s pretty awesome isn’t it?
Over a million of people already used the tool, and recently, in addition to collecting some anonymized statistics, Wolfram|Alpha launched a Data Donor program that allows people to contribute detailed data to them for research purposes. This gives insights like how many friends people typically have on Facebook. It turns out this is 342. By donating your archive to Wolfram’s research collection, imagine the possibilities this gives for research on personal analytics and sociometrics.
I’m just so much impressed 🙂