Many months ago, well before the latest Facebook redesign, I wrote an application to explore my Facebook social network in what I think is a fun and interesting way. Leveraging MIT’s Simile Exhibit project I developed SocialMine, an application that surfaces many attributes of your network’s profile information allowing you to filter and otherwise “mine” the data. As this is the hallmark of any Exhibit application, within the genre, I’d consider it to be quite plain were it not for the personal relevance of the data. Still, you can extensively filter the information in a live view including a Google Map.
Since the application relies on user provided profile data there may be cases where it simply doesn’t/won’t “work”. For example, I discovered a little over half of my friends haven’t specified a current location so they don’t appear on the map. On the other hand, I now know who those people are and can bug them to update their profile. 🙂 At any rate, I’ve had fun “mining” my network and thought you might too.
Lastly, having been developed for fun in my extremely limited free time largely after 12AM, SocialMine is by no means complete nor thoroughly tested. There I said it and should it fail utterly under load wouldn’t come as a huge surprise. FYI, if you have a lot of friends rendering the page could take significant time so consider yourself warned. For those interested, it’s written in C# using ASP.NET and based on my FDT Starter Kit. And now for those who find this a necessity a disclaimer…
Disclaimer: I make no warrantees expressed or implied, your mileage may vary, use at your own risk. For entertainment purposes only, accuracy of the rendered data is entirely control by your friends so consult them! Insert here any other relevant disclaimer related verbiage encompassing whatever problem(s) or situation(s) you may encounter while using SocialMine. Should you dislike SocialMine kindly remove it and simply move along. Consider yourself warned!
Now that that’s over, enjoy!