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If you are a big Facebook fan, like me, you will love this Facebook Analytics tool from Wolfram Alpha (kudos to Ernesto Ramirez for heads up!). Go to search engine www.wolframalpha.com and type in “facebook report” into search box. The results are mix of stats and graphs summarizing your posting activities (both yours and various apps that have access to your FB page), posted content, and your network. The graphs and tables can be easily “clipped” and shared with friends or saved on your computer. Here are some interesting insights that I got from my report:
A summary of daily posting activities:
It used to be that the right education, years of experience and simply being good at what you are doing were enough to make a career. But just like the market of consumer goods and services, the professional market has been growing bigger and more diverse, and eventually became saturated with smart, ambitious, and skillful people. Now, in order to stand out in the crowd and be remembered by employers, you need to have a strong personal brand: an image, associated with your name that communicates your professional values and personality, strengths and uniquenesses. Just like any consumer brand, your personal brand has an equity: a potential that translates into salary, future promotions and new job offers, trust and reputation, etc. And just like with consumer brands, your personal brand equity can now also be measured and quantified. Meet Career Score !
Our behavior and actions towards other people, society and world in general, and the “footprints” and “impressions” we leave as a result of these actions are undoubtedly important aspects of our lives, and should be accounted for through self-observation and self-tracking. When I think about individual’s impact on the world, society, and other people, the first thing that comes to mind is karma. In a simplified, westernized version, the concept of karma implies that every deed and action you perform towards others or the world will inevitably bear consequences for you in the future, in form of either a reward or a punishment. You harvest what you sow: the good deeds and behavior are rewarded, and the bad ones lead to negative repercussions. Some Indian religions, especially Sikhism, take it beyond individual behaviors. The positive and negative “charges” of your deed are accumulated over the course of your life in an ultimate tally, and the higher is your karmic “score”, the closer you are to the purity.
A month ago, in an attempt to reflect on my own deeds and actions, I started tracking every deed and action, with the the objective to derive the “karma” score. After a week of observations, I realized that simply keeping tally of “good” and “bad” deeds won’t work. There should be another, more scientifically sound and defensible way to measure karma.
In market research, we often use term “actionable analytics”. This means that you collect data and then analyze it with the intention to use results to solve real life problems. In other words, your analysis should result in some kind of action or decision. Likewise, in my case self-tracking is not about narcissism. It’s about studying myself to be happier, healthier, more efficient, productive and successful. My current self-tracking efforts emphasize certain aspects of my life that I am trying to improve, and in this post I will briefly describe what I am trying to achieve.