What Facebook Data is Available from Gnip?
Within the realm of publicly accessible data only, we provide:
- User page content: status updates, wall posts, comments
- Fan page content: wall posts, comments (probably more than you’ll find from any service), “Like” count, historical data up to 90 days
How Can You Get the Data?
Instead of a firehose of Facebook data, you enter parameters indicating what you want to find:
- Keyword search
You provide a list of keywords. We’ll return public mentions of those keywords.
- Username search
You provide a list of usernames. We’ll return publicly accessible posts generated by those users.
- Fan page search
You provide a list of fan pages. We’ll return publicly available posts and comments on those fan pages.
While these lists are vastly simplified, we hope they’ll clarify what kinds of Facebook data most businesses can access legally, and exactly what Facebook data Gnip provides.
Oh, and one last thing. We’re sometimes asked how we feel about Facebook’s privacy policies. At Gnip, we don’t make the rules — we just play by them. Our job is to facilitate access to the social data that publishers (like Facebook) officially make accessible to our customers.
Best wishes to you with your Facebook data collection! If you think we might be able to help, please drop us a note.