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Visualizing Facebook’s Social Graph

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It’s probably not surprising that when Facebook users are 21, most of their friends are also in that same age bracket. It’s also not a shocker to say that men talk about sports on Facebook more than women. But how do trends change over time? Do 30-year-olds tend to talk about health more than new high-school graduates? A highly visual set of data from Wolfram Alpha brings Facebook’s social graph to life, showing how people connect and relate to each other on the social network.

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STUDY: Confusing Facebook Privacy Settings Lead To More Public Information

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Even though Facebook’s privacy settings change often, a study by Carnegie Mellon University shows that more users are becoming better at keeping sensitive information off the social network. According to a study of more than 5,000 Facebook profiles, fewer users are making public information such as date of birth and political affiliation. However, confusion over Facebook’s privacy settings has led to an increase in posting of interests such as favorite movies, books, and music — as well as sharing to applications and advertisers.

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On The Rebound Determines Which Facebook Friends Are Likely Hook-Up Partners

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For Facebook users who aren’t in relationships right now, but wouldn’t mind hooking up with friends, On the Rebound points out three single Facebook connections who would likely be interested. Taking into account Facebook’s application-programming-interface data, users’ relationship history, and advice from several relationship experts, On the Rebound determines which Facebook friends would be ready for flings.

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Facebook Announces Graph Search

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For the past few months, Facebook has been brewing a search engine that could change the way people find things. Now Facebook has it, with graph search. To be launched soon, graph search is a friend-based search engine that connects users to places all over the social network via friend recommendations and activity. Users can sign up to get on the wait list to be among the first to try it by clicking here.

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