Thursday, July 11, 2013

Facebook Word Cloud

WolframAlpha has an extremely powerful tool that helps users understand data around a given Facebook engagement.  You can try it out for yourself here.

One of the more powerful analyses is a "word cloud" generator based on words used on your Facebook updates.  For those unfamiliar with what word clouds are, an abridged definition from Wikipedia is as follows:

A word cloud is a visual representation for text data, typically used to depict keywords on websites, or to visualize free form text. Keywords are usually single words, and the importance of each keyword is shown with font size or color. This format is useful for quickly perceiving the most prominent terms and for locating a term alphabetically to determine its relative prominence. 

With that as the background, here is my word cloud for all of my Facebook posts:

Things that make me happy:
  • "Vikings" is my #2 keyword!  Note there is no mention of the Packers
  • "Please," "Great," and "Good," all positive, are prominent
  • "Friends" are well represented
Things that make me sad:
  • "Work" is my #1 keyword
  • The only mention of family is a very small use of the term "brother"
This little tool can sure tell you a lot.


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