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Published: Friday June 13, 2014 MYT 4:40:00 PM
Updated: Friday June 13, 2014 MYT 1:52:22 PM

What your Facebook says about you: Take this test to find out!

Five Labs is a new online personality test that reveals what your online personality is like by analysing what you've posted on your Facebook timeline.

Five Labs is a new online personality test that reveals what your online personality is like by analysing what you've posted on your Facebook timeline.

A new web-based free personality test reveals how others perceive your online personality by analysing just your Facebook posts.

We’re usually more than happy to tap at virtual keys on a screen in order to text a friend or search the web. But as voice recognition becomes better and more commonplace, we’ll want our devices not only to understand what we’ve said, but how we’ve said it. Are we happy, sad, being sarcastic or being coerced?

While it’ll be sometime before that kind of ‘emotion recognition’ technology emerges, there’s Five Labs for now. The fun tool, developed by Five, was created in part to show how technology is improving language analysis, and of course to highlight its growing importance.

Its artificial intelligence analysis of your personality is based on the world’s largest language study — the University of Pennsylvania’s Worldwide Well-Being Project — and one of its key researchers, H. Andrew Schwartz, is an advisor on the project. It positions a person’s personality around five key traits: Agreeableness, Neuroticism, Conscientiousness, Extraversion, and Openness.

Five Labs works by analysing your Facebook posts for levels of these five markers. Then it comes up with the final results, which lists five words that best describe your online personality. Check out Five Labs' test results for US President Barack Obama below. 

You can then compare your results to anyone else on Facebook, provided their posts are public. Potentially that can be anyone, from Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg to celebrity brat Justin Bieber, and a host of others in between.

Five stresses that anyone who wants to put their personality to the test can do so with confidence — no data is stored and as soon as the analysis is completed, any information gathered is immediately dumped again.

The company has launched the tool in the lead up to taking the wraps off an app that’s focused on creating private social experiences and it hopes that the personality test will make people think about how their social data could be mined for everything from targeted ads to business intelligence.

“Think of this as a personality snapshot,” suggests co-founder Nikita Bier. “It’s all for fun,” he adds. “But we are also hoping to educate. People need to ask themselves a profound question: How does my data portray me on public networks and how might that information be used?” — AFP/RelaxNews

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