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Text cloud of my friends’ Facebook status updates

Text cloud of my friends’ Facebook status updates

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I’m desperate to blog something work-related, but have been so busy with things I can’t discuss publicly yet that I haven’t made the time. Well, I had a brainstorm for a quick, fun, social computing-related post, so here it is… a text cloud of my friends’ Facebook status updates. Don’t know that I’ve seen anyone do this yet.

created at TagCrowd.com

My friends are apparently updating most often about going to and from work, and the snow. Nice to see other common words though: “happy”, “love", and “friends.” Lots of people shortening URLs with tinyurl.com.

How can you get some insight into what your FB friends are saying in their updates? There’s a public RSS feed for your friends’ status updates (info here). I had already subscribed to that feed in Outlook because of an internal tool that imports them through Exchange, then I exported the folder as a .CSV file. In Excel, I stripped off the names, removed all instance of “is”, “http://” and “.com”, then plugged the rest into TagCrowd.com.

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