Most folks have been using Facebook for years now. Even if, you’re the kind of person that doesn’t spend much time on the site, you’ve still used it enough that your personal data will reveal patterns. For instance, patterns like how often you log on, what times you log on the most, what location you make the most status updates from, etc.
Facebook is essentially one large data repository. Unfortunately, we haven’t been able to tap into most of that data, until now.
Wolfram Alpha, a leading resource platform now allows you to make a personal search regarding your Facebook statistics and data. Apparently the sites creator, Stephen Wolfram, has been doing it for years with his own Facebook account. Recently, a feature was added to Wolfram Alpha to allow the public the option to generate personalized Facebook statistics as well.
What is Wolfram Alpha, And How Does it Work?
Wolfram Alpha is inherently a computational search engine. It works just like a normal search engine, like Google, except Wolfram Alpha is designed to calculate answers to problems and questions. The platform itself is best used as an educational resource.
It helps define key algorithms, answer complex mathematical equations and much, much more. Wolfram Alpha can even be used as an educational reference for various reports and projects as it collects pertinent information from the web.
In order to use Wolfram Alpha to collect personal Facebook statistics and information you have to perform a specific search. First you must type “Facebook report” in the search box and hit enter. You will then be taken to a search results page that asks you to log in to Wolfram Alpha using your Facebook account (shown in the image).
Once you authorize Wolfram Alpha by allowing the platform access to your Facebook data, it will analyze the data collected and show you your personal results.
The Wolfram Alpha Facebook Report
Have you ever wanted to know who comments the most on your status updates? What about who shares your posts with their own Facebook friends the most?
Wolfram Alpha will analyze your Facebook usage data and statistics and reveal exactly that kind of information for you. It does take a minute or two for Wolfram to finish collecting all the relevant data, but once the collection process is done the information is cached for up to an hour. That means you can continue to log in and evaluate the data for an hour, before the platform will need to obtain the information again.
Wolfram will list basic personal information like exact age (down to the day), places you’ve lived and recent site activity. It will also arrange charts that show the days and times you post the most status messages, as well as which posts are your lengthiest. You can even see a stylized word cloud that highlights what words you use the most in your Facebook posts.
Other information that Wolfram will collect includes location based check-in data overlayed on a map, your most liked and most commented on photos, and the relationship status of your friends (married, single, etc).
Of course, the complete index of personal information is longer, so to see what else Wolfram collects you’ll just have to conduct your own Facebook report.
Why Would I Want This Information?
From a personal standpoint, there is no practical reason for knowing this information. Unless, of course, you need to know who your best friend on Facebook is because they comment on your statuses the most.
The point is, you can’t actually do anything with this data, but it is still pretty neat to look at. It is also pretty neat seeing how many patterns there are surrounding your personal Facebook data and usage statistics.
We would conclude that if a Facebook report were applied to a business page the information could actually be used on a commercial level to maximize Facebook usage and self-promotion.
You can share the generated data, in increments, on a social media platform, by using integrated share buttons. You can even download the information to your computer for reference later if you so desire.
If you’re curious about your own Facebook statistics, head on over to Wolfram Alpha now and produce a personalized Facebook report. You won’t regret it.