Nicholas Felton's Annual Report, 2013
- Tracking Felton's communications by time. March was a particularly heavy email month.
- Breaking out the data by medium, we see how heavily email an SMS dominate Felton's life. Most of his conversations and calls were with his girlfriend, Olga Bell.
- Email and mail are dominated by automated services like Big Cartel (a branded clothing website) and Felton's New Yorker subscription.
- Plotting different people by channel affiliation, we see the crucial role email plays in Felton's life. Many of the people he communicates with are primarily reached by email. By contrast, the sparse grouping around "telephone" indicates that there is almost no one who only communicates through phone calls.
- One interesting note from the reciprocity chart: Felton received far more messages from his girlfriend than he sent to her.
- In total, Felton recorded 7.7 million words, the vast majority of which came from emails. Conversation and texting combined contributed less than a tenth of email's word count.
- Relative interrogative use reveals that Felton said the word "how" significantly more often in conversation than in any other medium. "What," by contrast, was most often said via SMS.
- As you might expect, Felton most often had conversations at his home, his workplace, or his studio.
- He discussed a wide variety of locations, but they are still primarily grouped in Europe and the two American coasts.
- Dividing conversations by topic is a fuzzier metric, but Felton identified 48,170 unique topics in his message cache — primarily people and places.
- Felton also identified 25,000 distinct people, roughly four percent of whom were musicians.
- Roughly one in four conversations involved a formal pleasantry (most typically "thank you"). Female cashiers were particularly likely to receive a pleasantry.