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Scraping group boards for emails / board invites

Discussion in 'Pinterest' started by amailman, Aug 3, 2014.

  1. amailman

    amailman Newbie

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    Question, could pinterest IP ban me for doing this or will it be more than likely they would ban my account? I figure this is a good way to get a bunch of email addresses / find ways to get into more group boards. Just started putting some random delays in so it makes it seem a little more human.
     
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    sashablack Elite Member

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    nice, what are you using to scrape those?
     
  3. vBakardzhiev

    vBakardzhiev Junior Member

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    I would also like to know whay are you using to scrape them.
     
  4. cyrusdavirus

    cyrusdavirus Regular Member

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    Try scraping without logging in. Boards show up in Google search. At the very least, you don't have to risk an account. There are plenty of ways to get around an IP ban.
     
  5. techblog

    techblog Jr. VIP Jr. VIP

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    try using rotating IPs and proxies with predefined delays.
     
  6. amailman

    amailman Newbie

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    Thanks for the idea of scraping without logging in. Ill have to see how that works. I'm still pretty new to this all and will look up more on the rotating IP/ Proxies, most of the scripting ive done in the past has been for browser based games..

    I just wrote a script using AutoIt. It collected a list of about 5k users, opens up the users page, grabs all their users and adds them to the list, then gets all the descriptions of their group boards (since the information on how to join the group boards is in the description). Next step is to sort out the boards that don't have contact information or that are blank.

    *edit*!
    Apparently you don't have to be logged in view the boards / users, so great!
     
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    .:mAestro:. Regular Member

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    Can you please explain how do you scrape those emails? I don't get it...
     
  8. amailman

    amailman Newbie

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    Sure, you start out with a URL of someone who has like 100+ followers and a bunch of collaborative boards that the user follows.
    Your script then opens up each collaborative board that original user has and copies out the group board description and logs it to a file.
    It next opens up the follower page and copies all the URLS of the followers and adds it to a list of URLS to pull THEIR group boards and get the urls to THEIR followers.

    You get a bit of exponential growth going on. Left it on overnight and came back to a list of about 80k pinterest accounts and around 9k group boards logged. Granted 60% of the boards were junk, but oh well.

    Depending on how you code it you could always write a regular expression to just take those descriptions that have email addresses, but I'm looking to join collaborative boards too, so finding out how to join those boards is important to me too.

    Right now I'm working on coding it so there is a white list of terms and only pull from boards that have those. Ill eventually write it so it logs pins based on their repin count and/or number of likes.
     
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  9. Fortythieve

    Fortythieve BANNED BANNED

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    Once you get banned, More then likey its ur account and it also depends on how bad you spammed