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Data Science of the Facebook World

Not everybody knows How to Tell a Story with Data:

So how does a visual designer tell a story with a visualization? The analysis has to find the story that the data supports. Traditional journalism does this all the time, and journalists have become very good at storytelling with visualization via infographics. In that vein, here are some journalistic strategies on telling a good story that apply to data visualizations as well.

Stephen Wolfram is one of them, after a year of collecting Facebook users’ data. Data Science of the Facebook World:

More than a million people have now used our Wolfram|Alpha Personal Analytics for Facebook. And as part of our latest update, in addition to collecting some anonymized statistics, we launched a Data Donor program that allows people to contribute detailed data to us for research purposes.

Well done, and interesting read.