Big Data, Data Science, facebook

Visualizing Facebook Birthday greetings using Power Query

To help to visualize the many, wonderful birthday greetings I got from Facebook yesterday, I tried out using Power Query for Excel so that I could visualize the locations from which I got greetings.  Other tools I used were LINQPad and the Facebook Developer’s Graph API Explorer tool.

PowerQuery with Facebook Data

Below is a screenshot of the results and a screencast.

Are you using Power Query?  Share your feedback here.


Getting started with Facebook Open Graph API

I know, I know, you might be thinking you’ve stumbled on the wrong blog considering my topic today.  “But, Lynn, don’t you only blog about DATA these days?”  Well, if you know me at all, then you know that I a curious person.  To that end, I tried out the new WordPress plug-in for Facebook this week (adding it to our TKP site), and in the process, discovered the Open Graph API.

I am not done building a custom implementation using the Open Graph with TKP yet, but I have enough information to share a deck and some screencasts.  I am, as ever, curious as to whether you have (or will) use the Facebook Open Graph API.  Share your experiences here and questions on StackOverflow.