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The Internet has every possible statistical data you might want. A large part of your life is also stored online now. Basically, if you know where to look, the Internet can analyze your life and tell you things that you’d never know otherwise.
That’s where your friendly neighborhood MakeUseOf comes in! We scoured the web high and low to find tools that can read your social networks to offer insights, as well as sites that have general statistical information to provide a cool take on your life so far.
You’re Getting Old (Web): Every Statistic About Your Birth
How many people were already on Earth when you were born? How many breaths have you taken in your life? How many times has your heart beaten? In terms of earth rotations since you were born, how far have you travelled? You’re Getting Old has all the answers.
Just key in your birth date and in a few seconds, the site will create a report full of fascinating statistics about you since your birth. It’s all about putting context to your birth date, such as presenting it as the sum of two younger celebrities’ age, or to announce when you passed 10,000 days on good old Earth. Super cool!
Population.io (Web): Find out When You Will Die, and Much More
Using census data from across the world, Population.io turns your life into a series of fun charts and graphs. For example, you can find out how much of the world’s population or your country’s population is older than you. There are also personal milestones, like finding out when you’ll be the 4 billionth person alive!
One of those milestones is your projected life expectancy in your current country. A bit morbid, yes, but it’s still cool to know. Plus, you can use a world map to check your expectancy in other countries, much like other interactive ways to compare your country and other nations. Apparently I’m going to die on March 2, 2058, so I’m going to set a reminder for March 3 and see what happens!
HowHot.io (Web): How Good-Looking Are You?
While beauty lies in the eye of the beholder, there are certain standard features used to judge it objectively. A few geeks decided to turn it into an algorithm to let you see if you’re hot or not. Just upload a photo of yourself to HowHot.io and let it analyze the image to determine where you fall on the scale: Hmm…, Ok, Nice, Hot, Stunning, or Godlike.
Now, the makers of HowHot are quick to point out a few things. First, you have to be over 18 years of age to use this. Second, the algorithm uses Switzerland’s Blinq social network as a benchmark of beauty, so the results might differ based on your country. Also, it is susceptible to simple tricks, so make sure you use our tips to take a great profile photo before uploading. Finally, and most importantly, remember that this is a fun tool, so don’t take it too seriously.
Gyroscope (Web): Central Dashboard for Activity Across Apps
You are constantly logging your life’s data in different online services like social networks, fitness apps, productivity apps, etc. Gyroscope connects to your accounts on all these apps to make one central dashboard of your activity. So instead of choosing between Runkeeper or Strava and worrying about your Google Fit syncing with Apple Healthkit apps, just use Gyroscope.
Gyroscope divides your life into three spheres: sports and fitness, explore and adventure, and digital. So it’s a one-stop shop to look at photos from Instagram, track where you have been through Moves, remember what you were listening to on Spotify, and so on. The free account even generates a free report of your past year; but you’ll need to shell out for a Pro account if you want a detailed history using data from all those apps.
Right now, there’s also a Gyroscope iPhone app in beta, if you want to try it out.
Download: Gyroscope for iPhone (Free)
Gmail Meter (Web) and ThinkUp (Web): Analyze Gmail and Social Networks
The best way to get through your email quicker is to track your inbox habits, but that’s easier said than done. Gmail Meter analyzes your inbox to give you useful data about your email behavior, such as how long responses take, which day of the week or which time of the day is your busiest usage, and so on. In case you can’t sign up for the new version of Gmail Meter, you can still sign up for the old version if you scroll down to the bottom of this page and click “Get Old Report”.
Similarly, you can analyze your social networks with ThinkUp, a tool made by one of our favorite productivity experts Gina Trapani. You’ll get a daily or weekly digest that shows your activity on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, the kind of reach you got, which posts had the most interactions, what your followers were liking or ignoring, and so on. If you don’t feel like ponying up 5 bucks per month for it, you can always use Twitter’s analytics tool or use Wolfram Alpha to dig up cool statistics about your Facebook.
Do You Trust Online Tests?
In the course of researching for this article, we came across several online “tests”, which let you find out your IQ, your EQ, your Briggs Myers’ personality type, and so on.
Do you trust such online tests to give you the right answers?