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Data-Mine Your Own Facebook Data With Wolfram Alpha 55

Nerval's Lobster writes "Ever wanted to mine your own Facebook data? Wolfram Alpha is offering you the chance. Wolfram Alpha bills itself as a 'computational knowledge engine.' In contrast to other search engines such as Google and Bing, which return pages of blue hyperlinks in response to queries, Wolfram Alpha offers up objective data: type in the name of a person, for example, and you might receive their dates of birth and death, a timeline, and a graph of Wikipedia page hits. Now Wolfram Alpha's offering a new feature that can spit back years of your personal Facebook data sliced, diced, visualized and analyzed."
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Data-Mine Your Own Facebook Data With Wolfram Alpha

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  • by Anonymous Coward

    Not sure why that is. Is anyone else experiencing this problem?

    • Didn't work. Had me log in to FB, give it permissions, then it kept begging me to create a WA account. I call BS on it.
      • by Anonymous Coward

        It's been running really slow since yesterday. Each step. If you do it in another tab and just let it run, it'll work.

        The analysis is really interesting, too.

        • by Taco Cowboy (5327)

          Just imagine if your fb account was hacked and your password was compromised

          With the help of Wolfram, now the hacker can get to datamine your data, get things about you that you do not even know ever existed

          Ouch !!

          • by TheLink (130905) on Saturday September 01, 2012 @01:12AM (#41197869) Journal
            I think it's just going through your entire timeline. If you've deleted a lot of it it won't get as much. Anyone can confirm it?

            Does wolfram store the info or does their access to your account info persist? If they do just imagine if hackers hack wolfram and get all the info.

            Why are people here so willing to let yet another party datamine their FB data for FREE? Yes FB has all the data, but at least they'll charge others for it, and I doubt they'd share it all with Google or Microsoft or Yahoo.
            • by hvm2hvm (1208954) on Saturday September 01, 2012 @02:55AM (#41198175) Homepage
              They said they keep the data for only 1hour for caching purposes and I would think they can't access stuff you deleted. Still, I don't see the problem with WA having your data... Facebook already has it, including the one you deleted so why the hell does it matter any more? It's the same old story - if you don't want your data to be stolen don't post it on the internet, especially on sites that sell it to others...
            • "Your information is only stored for one hour, so each time you return, we'll run fresh analytics on your Facebook data." (according to this: []). Considering all the ways your data can "get out" this does not seem that bad...
        • except that I don't want WA to know my FB login and pswd. That's what it kept asking for, even after I logged in to my (mostly bogus) FB account and gave it permissions. Smells fishy to me.
          • As it says in the blog post []:

            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).

  • Hear that? (Score:5, Funny)

    by virb67 (1771270) on Friday August 31, 2012 @11:48PM (#41197609)
    That's the sound of thousands of Facebook users viewing the sum of their lives and realizing it's dull as shit.
  • Tutorial? (Score:4, Interesting)

    by skine (1524819) on Friday August 31, 2012 @11:50PM (#41197619)

    I posted my facebook url, and it told me about facebook.

    I posted my name (my facebook page is, it gave me nothing.

    I posted "skine." It gave me the definition of skin, with no chance of changing that.

  • by Anonymous Coward

    "Anal is an Indian language"

  • am I missing out ?

  • especially if your data isn't world-public, so a random search engine can't crawl it?
  • FTA: "authenticate the Wolfram Connection app in Facebook, and then sign in to Wolfram|Alpha" Wolfram can't "mine" your FB account until you give it access...pretty simple...
  • by CrAlt (3208) on Saturday September 01, 2012 @12:43AM (#41197793) Homepage Journal

    I enter my face book.. []

    One post since 2009...

    And it says I have 11billion page views?


  • by Anonymous Coward

    Data mining company gets users to let them in to another data mining company. Brilliant.

  • by Anonymous Coward

    I wish companies would stop building tools and businesses around Facebook. It just makes the monster that much harder to kill. More and more it's evident that a new competitor needs to come along and wipe out Facebook. Hopefully it would be open source, but for now I'd even settle for another company not quite as evil (yet).

    I also wonder why people continually build data analysis around Facebook and Twitter. In truth, there's very little valuable data and too much noise that's hard to eliminate. Mainly you

  • I will try this.
  • Since reading the TFA has never been in style here at slashdot, here are instructions.
    1. Go to wolfram alpha.
    2. In the search box type 'Facebook report'
    3. Click the big facebook button and allow access.
    4. ??????
    5. Profit!
  • I just used wolfram alpha to data mine my facebook data! I found absolutely nothing of value! AMAZING!

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