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Data-Mine Your Own Facebook Data With Wolfram Alpha

timothy posted more than 2 years ago | from the regurgitate-it-again-ad-infinitum-ibid dept.

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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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Seems to get hung up at 96% for me (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#41197585)

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

Re:Seems to get hung up at 96% for me (0)

platypussrex (594064) | more than 2 years ago | (#41197639)

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.

Re:Seems to get hung up at 96% for me (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#41197665)

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.

Whole new can of worm (1, Insightful)

Taco Cowboy (5327) | more than 2 years ago | (#41197731)

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 !!
 

Re:Whole new can of worm (0, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#41197809)

Hacker doesn't care that your college cluster graphs closer to your work cluster than your HS cluster. WA doesn't find anything secret. But yeah keep talking out your ass.

Re:Whole new can of worm (3, Insightful)

TheLink (130905) | more than 2 years ago | (#41197869)

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.

Re:Whole new can of worm (3, Informative)

hvm2hvm (1208954) | more than 2 years ago | (#41198175)

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...

Re:Whole new can of worm (2)

vladmihaisima (772832) | more than 2 years ago | (#41198437)

"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: http://www.wolframalpha.com/facebook/ [wolframalpha.com] ). Considering all the ways your data can "get out" this does not seem that bad...

Re:Whole new can of worm (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#41201711)

I think you directed your privacy concerns at the wrong entity. Wolfram Alpha is not an advertising or marketing company. Nor are they affiliated with any. They just want to make their computational algorithms smarter and like throwing different data sets at it. So throwing your Facebook data at it is nothing more than an interesting experiment to them. They truly don't care about your data.

I think you should be more worried about the data that Facebook has and why you've given it to them rather than being overly paranoid about what Wolfram Alpha can tell you about it.

And to answer your question, your data is stored for one hour and then deleted. This is their claim,and their is no way to verify it. I personally trust Wolfram more than any other "app" on the marketplace precisely because their business doesn't mesh with taking my info and trying to sell me stuff.

Re:Seems to get hung up at 96% for me (1)

platypussrex (594064) | more than 2 years ago | (#41197979)

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.

Re:Seems to get hung up at 96% for me (2)

beachcoder (2281630) | more than 2 years ago | (#41198125)

As it says in the blog post [wolframalpha.com] :

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).

Re:Seems to get hung up at 96% for me (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#41198147)

Yup, broke.

Re:Seems to get hung up at 96% for me (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#41199127)

It doesn't work for antisocial serial killers either. You know, those without FB account.

Re:Seems to get hung up at 96% for me (1)

Macgrrl (762836) | more than 2 years ago | (#41231899)

Gosh darn it, and I so wanted to know what the proximity of my college cluster was to my work cluster (what does that mean anyway?)

Hear that? (5, Funny)

virb67 (1771270) | more than 2 years ago | (#41197609)

That's the sound of thousands of Facebook users viewing the sum of their lives and realizing it's dull as shit.

Re:Hear that? (0)

moozey (2437812) | more than 2 years ago | (#41197715)

Haha! Of course! Because there's absolutely no way in hell that a single person on Facebook is a smart, interesting person who lives a successful and happy life! No fucking way!

Re:Hear that? (2)

lessthan (977374) | more than 2 years ago | (#41197805)

I am dull as shit and I went and tried it. It is pretty cool. The mutual friend clusters are pretty nifty.

Re:Hear that? (1)

icebraining (1313345) | more than 2 years ago | (#41198681)

Nothing you said contradicts GP, but carry on.

Re:Hear that? (1)

Whiteox (919863) | more than 2 years ago | (#41198713)

HEY! Speak for yourself! ... oh wait....

Re:Hear that? (1)

tooyoung (853621) | more than 2 years ago | (#41198071)

Yes, as opposed to vIrb67's life of adventurous escapades.

Tutorial? (3, Interesting)

skine (1524819) | more than 2 years ago | (#41197619)

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

I posted my name (my facebook page is facebook.com/firstname.lastname), it gave me nothing.

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

Re:Tutorial? (1)

X0563511 (793323) | more than 2 years ago | (#41197633)

Search for "Facebook report" - you may need to have a (free) account, you also may need to link it to facebook.

But it does tell you all kinds of neat information.

Re:Tutorial? (5, Informative)

asdbffg (1902686) | more than 2 years ago | (#41197637)

How-to here [wolframalpha.com] .

Re:Tutorial? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#41197843)

It's in the article. RTFA

Re:Tutorial? (1)

similar_name (1164087) | more than 2 years ago | (#41197931)

Try this link [slashdot.org]

type “Facebook report” into the search bar, click “Allow” on the subsequent permissions

Re:Tutorial? (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#41198189)

Unfortunately you need to authorise a specific plugin / app for WA so you can't use this for some high end facebook stalking.
I am disapointed and have promptly re-zipped my pants! :/

Wants my email? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#41197655)

*enters common name*

"Development of this topic is under investigation...
Leave your email address to show your interest."

Lame.

Bad for searching porn ! (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#41197675)

http://www.wolframalpha.com/input/?i=anal

"Anal is an Indian language"

sadly I have no facebook account to analyze (1, Interesting)

cats-paw (34890) | more than 2 years ago | (#41197709)

am I missing out ?

Re:sadly I have no facebook account to analyze (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#41197727)

am I missing out ?

If you think eating shit is a good meal, then yes indeed you are missing out
bigtime.

Hurry up and join the crowd of mentally deficient spineless human waste
who think Facebook is a worthwhile pastime.

Re:sadly I have no facebook account to analyze (-1, Flamebait)

ClintJCL (264898) | more than 2 years ago | (#41197755)

Keep that tinfoil hat on. There's a reason anonymous is described as "coward". Crawl out under that rock and stop being a pussy. Are you so scared of being counted?

Re:sadly I have no facebook account to analyze (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#41197853)

Who are you going to trust, if you can't trust a corporation that makes all it's money by monitoring you and selling that data to anyone willing to pay? The government, who also monitors the "social web", and punish anyone they think suspicious? Or, if you, a Democrat, believes Obama could do nothing wrong, what of the next President? And the next one? Differently from people, data never disappears.
Oh, and Facebook is a waste of time. Some people may love to feed their imaginary cows all day long, but others don't see any benefit from using it.

so how the fuck do you do it? (1)

ClintJCL (264898) | more than 2 years ago | (#41197751)

especially if your data isn't world-public, so a random search engine can't crawl it?

Data Mining (1)

mizkitty (786078) | more than 2 years ago | (#41197773)

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...

Not enough (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#41197789)

And why exactly aren't we allowed to data mine all Facebook accounts instead of just our own?

Facebook is allowed to abuse all that private information which they don't own. So why not us too?

Re:Not enough (1)

HJED (1304957) | more than 2 years ago | (#41197893)

You can mine all of your Facebook friends public data as well, (click on there name in one of the results from your onw profile).

Not sure this works.. (3, Interesting)

CrAlt (3208) | more than 2 years ago | (#41197793)

I enter my face book..

http://www.facebook.com/cr.alt.7 [facebook.com]

One post since 2009...

And it says I have 11billion page views?

Huh?

Re:Not sure this works.. (1)

phaedryx (1826532) | more than 2 years ago | (#41198001)

Those are statistics for Facebook, not your page.

Re:Not sure this works.. (3, Informative)

ThatsMyNick (2004126) | more than 2 years ago | (#41198051)

It says right in the title of the table "Web statistics for all of facebook.com:"

Re:Not sure this works.. (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#41198059)

Someone's got a secret admirer!

HUGE Security Resource+ (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#41197835)

HUGE Security Resource+ - version 6000 - 08/31/2012
http://cryptome.org/2012/08/huge-sec-v6000.txt [cryptome.org]
http://pastebin.com/raw.php?i=f3Z4fQvK [pastebin.com]
http://pastebin.com/f3Z4fQvK [pastebin.com]

the document Slashdot refuses to post, even deletes it from submission queue.

Pathetic (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#41197839)

This is how you sneak in your paid-for "BI" crap?

Do the honorable thing and shut the fucking thing DOWN.

Clever... (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#41197917)

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

Stop Being an Enabler for Facebook (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#41197941)

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 have free text to work with, and some idiotic data fields that don't tell me much such as likes and interests. All the truth is mixed in with lots of noise. So the best you can do is maybe visualize some things here based on either that or free text posts, but do you really care about the output? What does it tell you about yourself or someone else? Maybe for a two second cool factor, but without teaching a stats class in this post, I'll keep it simple - garbage in, garbage out.

Re:Stop Being an Enabler for Facebook (1)

ANonyMouser (2641869) | more than 2 years ago | (#41197951)

You could try DIASPORA.

Re:Stop Being an Enabler for Facebook (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#41197999)

I know of Diaspora and BuddyCloud, but really neither can be taken seriously for now. Diaspora is a mess and has been described as such in recent slashdot articles.

I think someone needs to build something slightly different. If it is based around "walls" and such, it should at least offer some key things Facebook does not or better. Simply being "distributed" is not enough. While an attractive feature, a lot of people who aren't geeks don't care. And these are the people, i.e. the majority, that you need to win over to kill Facebook.

Re:Stop Being an Enabler for Facebook (1)

ANonyMouser (2641869) | more than 2 years ago | (#41198109)

Some good points.

I suspect that anything open source is going to start as indie, small, and messy, and from there might grow in to a viable open source alternative.

I think that it would not necessarily be better for something to kill facebook because it would then replace it, and most likely be just as 'bad.' It would be better perhaps to have viable alternative, the competition between them would then force each to maximise the quality of what they offer.

I guess in principle that is what g+ could be considered to be, what ever you think of google. I've managed to avoid g+ so I can't comment.

mod do38 (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#41198003)

To them...then a losing battle; start a holy war United States of supplies to private incompatibilities troubled OS. Now T4at have raged aacording tothis

Will try this (1)

J3rrYcid (2719677) | more than 2 years ago | (#41198297)

I will try this.

IT'S A TRAP!!! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#41198645)

By playing with this feature, Wolfram Alpha gets a copy of *all* of your Facebook data (not just the "public" parts), which it will undoubtedly retain forever!

Thanks for playing, suckers!

Soooo stupid...

Re:IT'S A TRAP!!! (1)

icebraining (1313345) | more than 2 years ago | (#41198685)

They've already given it to Facebook, Inc, what makes you think they care about WA?

Re:IT'S A TRAP!!! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#41198817)

I suppose companies do lie, but it's stated that the info is kept for 1 hours for caching purposes only.

Tutorial for those who asked (1)

wbr1 (2538558) | more than 2 years ago | (#41199231)

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!

Really fascinating! (1)

Georules (655379) | more than 2 years ago | (#41200103)

I just used wolfram alpha to data mine my facebook data! I found absolutely nothing of value! AMAZING!
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