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What Element Are You?

Which element on the Periodic Table best defines you? Hydrogen? Magnesium? Gold? Nickel? You don’t know, do you? That’s because you haven’t been onto Facebook and added the “What Element Are You?” app from the diligent team over at WIRED Science Labs. The show may have passed away but you’d never know it if you lived on Facebook!

You (2007) – Facebook has apps!
You (2008) – Facebook sure has a lot of apps.

True, but this one is really fun. Working on a more complex model than “What kind of drunk are you,” WiSci’s braini-app allows you to not only define yourself elementally but to then take it one step further by forming compounds with your friends. Will you be table salt? Will you form a hydroxide? Will you create some new compound that by its very union defies the very laws of Nature itself? Because you are a sack of firecrackers with a “can-do” attitude, I’m confident you’ll find out. By the way, I’m Sodium!

What Element Are You?

*CREDITS: My friend Liz Burr over at KCET Interactive wrote the algorithm, while Princess Imoukhuede mapped out the elements and I wrote the content. The app was developed by Pure, Inc. and graphically designed by Nick La.


  1. Dan Telfer says:

    I discovered the app a couple days ago, and it is delightful. It’s caught on quickly with my friends.

    Note to the new users- combining with friends works a bit like becoming a Wii friend. Friends who install it won’t just show up in your profile. You can combine, but you can’t always tell when a friend has combined with you unless you go to the app, check who has combined with you, and you combine them in turn on your own time if you want them to show up in your profile.

    I loves me the science.