FacebookHave you ever wanted to know if you’re the most popular amongst your group of friends? Or which of your pals lives the furthest from you? These are questions that can’t be answered by Facebook’s latest Graph Search, but they’re perfect for the stats geeks over at Wolfram Alpha. The group started mining Facebook for data last year, but have recently expanded its analytics to include a closer look at your social relationships. Namely, they’ve identified five “network roles:” social insiders, outsiders, neighbors, gateways and connectors. Insiders share the same friends while outsiders don’t, neighbors don’t have a lot of buddies outside of your network while gateways do, and connectors are those that bridge two networks together, like a college buddy who went to the same high school.

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