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The Ins and Outs of  Social Media Data Scraping

The Ins and Outs of  Social Media Data Scraping

It is no news to many companies looking to increase their leads and customers, find documents they need for research, or even monitor competition in their field, that data scraping is one of the most effective ways to get otherwise tricky, voluminous, or sometimes hidden data into your hands for whatever purposes, be it personal or business. Using certain scraping companies, it is as easy as entering a few data queries and in a matter of hours or days, BOOM, you have all of the pertinent data for your query in your hands. Professional data scrapers are exceptionally powerful means for cutting through the gunk of an increasingly congested global web. Ethics and Legality   However, with great power comes great responsibility. One can easily overstep their bounds when web scraping on social media platforms and land themselves in a great deal of trouble. In a recent example, LinkedIn took matters to court when they noticed a number of fake profiles had been created for the purposes of data scraping. LinkedIn claimed that these profiles violated the (rather controversial among web companies) US federal Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA). This is no news to many companies looking to increase their leads and customers, find documents they need for research, or even monitor competition in their field, that data scraping is one of the most effective ways to get otherwise tricky, voluminous, or sometimes hidden data into your hands for whatever purposes, be it personal or business. Using certain scraping companies, it is as easy as entering a few data queries and in a matter of hours or days, BOOM,...