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Huge Fines in Germany Due To “Illegal Content” On Social Media and How it Can Affect Data Scraping

Huge Fines in Germany Due To “Illegal Content” On Social Media and How it Can Affect Data Scraping

On January 1st, Germany passed a law that obligates social networks to remove content that is considered to be illegal and offensive in 24 hours, or they will be forced to pay fines going as high as $60 million. The bill is designed to cut down any hate speech, fake news, or any criminal content on social media. However, there are people opposing this law, saying that it might put freedom of speech in the online community in jeopardy. Although this law was approved in 2017, the German government waited for the beginning of 2018 to enforce it in order to give social media companies time to prepare. All social media companies will receive complaints or notifications whenever certain content is considered offensive, informing them that they have to remove it within a week or pay a fine. If the content is considered to be “clearly” illegal, it must be banned or removed within a day or the punishment will be severe. These new changes can affect a lot of internet services and businesses looking to protect themselves online. Information on social media is a valuable resource for many companies and service providers. This new law could change the way information on social media is gathered and used.   Web scraping and social media scraping services, in particular, will be greatly affected in light of these events.  Social media scraping, and data scraping services overall offer great value to companies as they can track their competition, learn about the latest news in their industry, learn more about their customers and see what people are talking about them online. This...
Tools or Online Services: How to Do Data Scraping?

Tools or Online Services: How to Do Data Scraping?

Data scraping is now gaining momentum as an ace method for obtaining valuable data from the boundless information space of the World Wide Web. Businesses looking to gain a competitive edge in their markets use web scraping as a fast and fuss-free way for capturing and analyzing crucial information about products, customers, and competitors. This process provides for competitive intelligence and informed business decisions. When you need to extract structured information from a huge amount of Internet sources for all kinds of good reasons, there are two major solutions – data scraping tools and data scraping services. But this seemingly simple dilemma can be a tricky one, since there’s a huge number of free, freemium and premium tools and services promising the best result in the shortest timeframe. In this article we’ll walk through the main cons and pros of both data scraping bots and web scraping services to help you find out which of these solutions fits your personal or business needs. Web Scraping Tools The most common way of turning a website into data is to buy a data scraping tool and operate it either on your own or with professional help. The most tangible advantage of web scraping tools is that they are easy to use and enable the user to customize the way the harvested data is structured and stored. There are hundreds of scraping tools out there with functionality and pricing varying vastly – from simple desktop applications to AI-enhanced bots with bells and whistles. Some of them even offer free trial periods so you can check if the tool fits your needs before...
Is Data Scraping a Headache for Small Business Owners?

Is Data Scraping a Headache for Small Business Owners?

Let’s face it, you can’t have a business without data! Information drives everything in life, especially business.  You must do market research to know where your company is going, what customers’ demands are, keep up with changes in the industry, etc. Businesses that don’t utilize such data won’t get off the ground.  You must also keep an eye on competitors.  Since we already understand the need for data in the private sector, the real question is how do we go about obtaining this data. We know that it all exist online, stashed away in hard to find places across the world wide web, but it won’t just up and voluntarily walk up to us and say “hi”, we have to dig for it by scraping. Some small businesses might try an in-house approach because they believe it will save them money by being cheaper than paying for the data.  Others may consider it is better to do it in house because they will be in control of the data.  They may feel that they will know what they are looking for better than somebody else would. Let’s Be Realistic Here Doing it yourself may sound cool, but what all does this entail?  Somebody green to the business world may google words such as “how to data scrape yourself” and pull up all the articles saying, “you can do it”.  They will probably get all excited, spend two days reading articles and watch all the YouTube videos, and then reality sets in. They have to spend money on cloud based servers, allot money for bandwidth cost, then realize that they...
Effective Ways to Use Social Media Scraping for Your Business in 2019

Effective Ways to Use Social Media Scraping for Your Business in 2019

Social Media has become a very powerful form of reaching out to the public for all institutions. Whether it be for a government entity, church, civic group, university, or business, social media is how you spread information to the general public at large.  Facebook groups and company pages interact with the local community to get the word out on special deals or public events.  This has become the way of communication for the twenty-first century.  If you are trying to promote a product or service and aren’t using social media, then you may as well not be in business. Keep Up with Competition Social media allows you to keep up to date on what your competitors are doing.  You can scrape a post about what their products, deals, services, etc. are doing.  With this information, you can take counteractions in your marketing campaigns.  Then you can make a better offer that out-does your competition.  This knowledge can make you the worst nightmare of your competitors.  Price scraping means that you can fully understand the supply and demand graph to find the equilibrium price sweet spot for your products or services. This is of significant importance to the highly competitive e-commerce industry as well as companies that serve local communities such as electricians, plumbers, mechanics, and the retail industry.  You will always be ahead of the game by keeping an eye on all competitors, learning their strengths and weaknesses. LinkedIn contains all the professional data for your competitors, allowing you to know their educational background and thus fully understand what you are up against. Social Media Data is Critical for...
How Does Yellow Pages Scraping Give You Competitive Advantage?

How Does Yellow Pages Scraping Give You Competitive Advantage?

Ever since 1883, the Yellow Pages have been a convenient and easy way to find local business in whatever their field of specialty is. Whether it be a repairman, or a certain type of restaurant, the Yellow Pages, with their iconic walking fingers logo, have been the place to turn to for whatever service you want in the local area near you.  Very convenient, as everything is alphabetically categorized by field of service. This not only helps people find services they need, but also helps the business gain exposure they otherwise would not have obtained.     This has helped many a new business get the start up help that they need. Hand delivered to the front door of everybody who owned a telephone, the Yellow Pages listed  the name of the company, address, phone number, and ads of all local businesses. Many businesses that are now household names would never even have made it past their first year were it not for having the Yellow Pages as an advertising platform to help get their name out. The Yellow Pages Aren’t Obsolete Some people may be of the opinion that the Yellow Pages have gone the way of the typewriter, Packard, Polaroid, and rabbit ears on the television, but this is far from being the case.  Based on search engine data, the Yellow Pages directory is still one of the most searched for items on the internet today.  With over 20 million business listed, they are still delivered door to door in a suburb near you, and their site and app have a combined 80 million monthly view count.  They have...