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social bots: api or browser automation

Discussion in 'Social Networking Sites' started by catheaven, Oct 21, 2015.

  1. catheaven

    catheaven Newbie

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    hey, guys.
    i am looking forward to write some social bots for tumblr, instagram, facebook with python.
    i want it to be scalable, should i use APIs directly or automate inside the browser(with mechanize or similar)?
    or should i go low level and emulate http requests? what is the most bulletproof method?
     
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  2. quietlearner

    quietlearner Junior Member

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    Browser plugins, specifically Firefox addons are far superior to apps that try to fake the experience. The reason is that those apps are easy to fingerprint due to not pulling supporting assets in the pages, or in the case of apps, don't report to the stats or crash reporting services.
     
  3. SethTurin

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    If you're interested in browser automation in a serious way you'll need more than browser plugins.
     
  4. catheaven

    catheaven Newbie

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    hey, thx for suggestion, ill dig into that.
    i did some reading and decided to go the api/http route with headless browser like celenium /phantomjs, and tweak from there when i catch bans
     
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