I’m not sure what to think of this.
The graphic (click to see a full size version) was created by Personas, a project of the Sociable Media Group at the MIT Media lab and which according to their web site, creates a “data portrait of one’s aggregated online identity. In short Personas shows you how the Internet sees you”.
Interesting, since in almost seven years of ranting in this space, I don’t remember writing much if anything about sports, fashion, or religion. (Of course, there’s always the possibility that my name isn’t as unique as I’m assuming it is. :-)
Another factor that gives me doubts about the accuracy of this particular portrait is that in repeating the process, the sports stayed but the fashion and religion vanished, even though it seemed to be analyzing the same sources each time.
Anyway, it’s still fascinating to watch the visualization being built and, as the developers refine the underlying algorithm, this could be a wonderful tool to use with students (or adults) to get a snapshot of themselves online.
And as a starting point for a discussion of how it got there.
[Thanks to Karen for the link.]