My Favorite Facebook Apps Part 1: The Political Compass

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This post has stuff about politics. My perspective has changed

I’m a big fan of Facebook. It’s good for me because I tend to be a bit introverted and it gives me a way to connect with friends that I would otherwise not connect with much. One of the things that I absolutely love about it though are the Applications. Essentially little programs built by 3rd parties, they provide all sorts of useful functionality. Of course there are a vast myriad of un-useful games and gifts and polls etc, but I’ve managed to find a couple truly enlightening gems. This is the first post of a two part series on my favorite Facebook apps.

The Political Compass

Ahh, The Political Compass. Like most, this app comes from a well established website and is simply an extension of their web presence. Basically, it asks you a series of questions that help you to determine where you stand politically. Some of the questions are pretty tough and require some knowledge of politics. I certainly recommend looking up everything you’re not familiar with on Wikipedia as you go through it.

The thing that makes this special to Facebook is that it compares you to your friends. In the end it gives you a little graph that represents those in your social network that most closely relate to your political compass. Very cool!

I’ve read that this test tends to be a little left leaning so you might take that into consideration. With that in mind, I thought you might be interested in where I stand politically (compared to a couple of my friends):

My Political Standing

Yes, you read that correctly: Economic Left: 3.12, Social Libertarian: 0.10. In all fairness, I’m not too sure on my economic standing so the score may be a little off, but really I suppose it could go either way. According to the US Primaries 2008 chart, I’m probably closest to Barack Obama or Hillary Clinton (gasp). I know, you’d never think that’s where I’d stand!

According to Glassbooth, which is also on Facebook and has a much harder survey ( IMHO ), I’m closer to McCain.