Some of you may not use Facebook and others are probably very active users. For those who aren’t currently Facebook users, you’ll want to save this post to read another day. Those who are users will find the information generated by this free tool for creating Personal Analytics for Facebook quite fascinating.
It’s free, but you do need to give the tool permission to access your Facebook account. It is from Wolfram Alpha and they’ve been around quite a while and they are definitely a company that has given me no reason not to trust them with accessing the data on my account.
I should also note that the report generated is only seen by you unless you either save a copy of it or have someone looking over your shoulder. What is in the report? Just one small piece of it is a word cloud showing how many times you’ve used various words in your posts. Can you tell I often say Rock Chalk Jayhawk in my posts?
One of the first items is probably the scariest as it tells you your age to the day and how long until your next birthday. It then breaks down the types of content you’ve posted, when you’ve posted it and what reaction those posts have gotten. With a quick glance, I can see that I’ve not posted anything between 1am and 6am and I think that is a good thing.
Then it breaks down the exact posts that have gotten the most likes and comments, the people who have interacted with your posts the most and what apps are accessing your page. Don’t let that last part scare you too much as it simply tells me that I have uploaded a number of photos from the app on my phone.
It goes on to break down the percentage of friends by sex (strangely my friends are split almost exactly 50%), the relationship status reported by friends (more than half of mine are married), the age range of friends (that they’ve reported). I know the ages aren’t all accurate as one of my high school classmates is supposedly 108 years old and a college classmate is 103 years old.
You’ll see where in the world friends are located, the most common first (John) and last name (Johnson), those who have the most mutual friends (high school classmates) and even those who have the most overall friends.
I could go on and on as there is even more. Some of you will find this information really useful and some will simply find it interesting. It is definitely worth running a report just to see all the different information it presents for you. Post a comment and share the most interesting thing you found in your report.
For all the geeks out there, May the Fourth Be With You!