As Nick Bilton writes in the NY Times Bits, bloated email in-boxes are increasingly causing people to lose focus and efficiency as well as boosting anxiety levels. After declaring email bankruptcy by deleting every one of his 46,315 unread emails, he goes on to describe how email is extremely invasive and discusses how some companies are hoping to help manage the deluge.
With Prism on many Europeans’ minds, there is a new measure to an existing law before Parliament that, if passed, would forbid the transfer of personal data to the USA. The New York Times has more detail on the measure, but if it were to pass this Spring, it would become law two years later – and possibly limit the use of Google Apps by schools.
The team behind Wolfram Alpha, the computational search engine that performs complex and comparative searches (and provides some of Siri’s responses) has just released a detailed report on the structure of over a million people’s Facebook profiles. Examples of the visualized data include clusters of friend networks – based on their inter-connectedness and physical location, how the distribution of someone’s friend’s ages change with that person’s age, as well as the how the fraction of one’s friends’ relationship statuses differ based on age. This NY Times article gives a concise overview of the report, but what can be extremely interesting is when you take a look at your profile through the lens of Wolfram Alpha and see your own social networks deconstructed.
- How to Use Wolfram|Alpha (craftyva.wordpress.com)
- Life’s Trajectory Seen Through Facebook Data (technologyreview.com)
- Get Your Free WolframAlpha Analytics Facebook Report (quickonlinetips.com)
- Wolfram Alpha Releases New Data From Facebook Project (pcmag.com)
- Wolfram Alpha’s Facebook data project reveals key social media trends (itproportal.com)