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Personal Data Mining

Daytum and YourFlowingData bring data visualization to social media.

By: Kunur Patel Published: Apr 28, 2009

Thanks in part to the increasingly popular field of information visualization, data is starting to break its nerdy bonds and tell compelling, accessible stories-witness the recent Sprint "Anthem" spot from Goodby, Silverstein & Partners, which breaks down the world of mobile communication in numerical terms, all while maintaining a healthy level of entertainment. Now, personal data mining websites like Daytum and YourFlowingData are bringing that data-driven storytelling beyond experts, designers and computer scientists to everyday internet users via social media channels.

Both sites are tools for users to track and tabulate their behavior and render those data sets visually, with functionality that draws from social media habits. Daytum lets users build Facebook-like profile pages composed entirely of charts, text and graphs, while YourFlowingData uses Twitter for data entry. Daytum, which came out of beta for public use this month with more than 10,000 members, provides Web and mobile data input interfaces and users customize their pages from there--they can choose to track any conceivable data and then select a visualization technique from a number of options. Since the site launched in 2008, Daytum users have measured everything from the quantity and brands of beer they consume, the miles they walk and the emails they receive to the last irrational fear they experienced.

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