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Hello again Everyone,
There's been significant interest in this script and capturing data
more broadly. So, at the risk of totally engulfing my project in
flames and being scooped by some precocious student, here is your
Facebook network as a GDF file. Enjoy!
1. I'm not storing your data. You're not a representative sample
anyway (which is what this will ultimately be used for) In fact, I'm
probably going to remove you from the registration list once its
complete and I'm out in the field.
2. I'm unclear what it means legally to store your own data as per the
comments above. so store at your own risk.
3. No warranties, extremely limited support for the moment.
So step 1:
Go to this url -
It will redirect you to facebook and ask if you want to register.
Go back to that url and wait. It will take an extremely long time for
networks of over 150. I know how to optimize it, but I don't have the
time (basically replace one API call with an FQL call).
Save as whatever.gdf
Configure GUESS, open and enjoy. <graphexploration.cond.org>
4.1 - send mail to [log in to unmask] if you want to learn
how to do specific stuff in GUESS.
4.2 You can see what I did at
Give me any feedback you'd like. I appreciate it all. And if you want
to cite my papers, feel free :D
See y'all at Sunbelt.
Research Fellow, Oxford Internet Institute
University of Oxford
On Tue, Feb 10, 2009 at 4:06 PM, Bernie Hogan <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> Hi Everyone,
> I sent a message off-list to Ines about this, but since the thread has
> persisted, I'll let you know my experiences:
> 1. Academic or not, according to Facebook you are bound by their terms
> of use. And Section 2.A.6 says that Facebook properties are their
> property. You can only store them for up to 24 hours, and only for the
> purpose of optimizing your site.
> 2. There is another section that says you can keep equivalent
> properties so long as they were captured independently of Facebook.
> 3. Technically, it is not difficult to slurp up facebook data or store
> it. I have a php script that will get you the data from a Facebook
> page formatted as a GUESS .gdf file and I'll gladly share it.
> 4. Anonymity is an illusion in these data sets, both from a structural
> trace point of view (see Kleinberg's recent work) or just from plain
> old detective work (see Michael Zimmer's response to the Lewis et al.
> not-Harvard data set). Confidentiality is a far more plausible and
> realistic goal.
> If you have to go through ethics, depending on your university you'll
> your dismissal of Facebook's clearly stated and extensively discussed
> terms (just google "Section 2.A.6 Facebook"). But I cannot believe I'm
> says something about how we as researchers perceive the rights of our
> subjects, and it's not good.
> Finally, I have a paper on this which i presented at a conference
> recently. It was meant as a methods paper and a warm up to a more
> extensive one (since the paper only uses my network, which I think I
> can easily justify legally). The legalities as well as some technical
> and methodological issues are discussed therein:
> Take care,
> Bernie Hogan
> Research Fellow, Oxford Internet Institute
> University of Oxford
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