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Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Data mining in social networking website

Data mining in social networking websites


After reading lot on data mining on Monday, I came across a really brilliant thought for DM. we all know that Orkut website is very famous in India for social networking. I think every teen will have their account on In fact users are crazy, they almost spend their half of the day visiting friends profile, scrapping “hi how r u?” texts, commenting the pictures of friends and tagging friends.


But there exist one group of users who are quite advance. I can say they are some what smarter then average orkut users (I will call them visitors). These users use orkut in every possible way. Let me list down what do they do

  •  they join the community
  •  they exchange their thoughts in forums
  •  they participate in polls
  •  they contribute in open forum
  •  they post questions and queries
  • They discuss with others to come up with the solutions

They try to use orkut in every possible way. And that’s why I call them smart users. Let me give u an example, few days back one of my friend wanted to find some info regarding USA universities, so she wanted me to work on this search. I couldn’t give my time to her because I was bit busy with my other studies, but I gave her the searching techniques. I told her to join any USA university community on orkut. Then I told her to post her query on the forums. And u all will not believe, within 2 days she started getting replies, and then she took the pace and she enquired a lot on education, life style, expenses, staying and hell lot of stuffs (thank god I wasn’t the part of that discussion). But yes, she got her answers. She was more focused after that.

So guys I can say that this could be one example of being smart orkut user.


Now let me tell u about one more group of people those are profile sniffers. They try to dig in to everyone’s profile and try to fetch data such as

  • her interests
  • likes
  • dislikes
  • education details
  • friend’s details
  • birthdays
  • lots of other stuffs.

Their main intention is to keep a watch on their targeted profiles. They spend most of the time visiting victim’s profile. They check how many scraps he/she gets in a day. Who sends scarps to him/her? And what kind of scraps they send to him/her. What does he/she replies on her/his scraps. Is scarp contains any important data such as contact number, bank details, love affair info.


They figure out all these information for their private use, sometimes they sell it to their friends and earn handsome money out of it. Or sometimes they are being recruited by some one to keep a watch on his girlfriend’s or her boyfriend’s activities. And that’s why they are called as profile sniffers. These users have patience. They are with u, but u don’t know them. We can see them but still they are invisible. They sit for many hours on net surfing web pages and finding key info and then use it when required. They are the real nerds. They work in background. Their main job is to do ANALYSIS.


So this all about the usage pattern of the users.


I will soon post more on data mining capabilities.




  1. Thanks a lot.

    please put up your identity, so that we can exchange the ideas...

    thanks again !!!!

  2. or this reason we say that orkuting out of limit is dangerous

    a good article

    after reading this next one would think atleast once before disclosing hie/her personal details

  3. sir ur article was really worth giving a thought.but i have a small doubt maybe silly though but i cant await my curiousity.dis sniffers dat u wrote abt dey do anlysis understood but still might be a reason for dis analysis wats the actual purpose for dis analysis.....

  4. Pritesh,

    Thanks for the interest shown in my Blog. Well, we will discuss the main reason to do analysis in my lecture.

    I hope u liked my Thoughts.

    Shyam Gohil.

  5. it was good i liked it great job