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Twitter follower extractor script for linux?

Discussion in 'Twitter' started by WebRog, Aug 11, 2015.

  1. WebRog

    WebRog Newbie

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    Hi, I'm wondering if anyone knows of a script that will extract the followers of a given user on twitter (and maybe some details), that I can run on Linux from the CLI?

    Something like mashe. hawksey. info /2011/03/ export-twitter-followers/ (can't post real link) would be great, but this is a google script and not useful for what I need right now.

    Ideally, I want the username, number of followers, and the description. I need to integrate this into something else, any tool that I use needs to work from the CLI and be able to run as a cron job.

    I'm not a programmer...

    Thanks in advance. :D
     
  2. WebRog

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    I'm trying to find a programmer to do this have have put out a request on fiverr - I've requested them to use the twitter gem, although I'm concerned about rate limiting, I am aware that this allows them to user a cursored search. If anyone has any experience of using this gem that they'd like to share, I'm all ears!
     
  3. TeamSocial

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    I've never seen one. Nobody here would do it for you for free, it takes time for that shi

    First of all I'd buy a bot since most twitter bots can scrape twitter users in the first place

    But if you do want to code it it'd be super easy. The book webbots, spiders, and screen scrapers is really great if you're looking for it, I read the whole thing in under 2 days and i can actually apply it pretty well. It'll be work but the skills you'll have in the end will be very versatile.
     
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  4. WebRog

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    Thanks for the tip on the book :)

    I'm not looking for anyone to do it for free if it's not a freely available tool that someone knows of ;-) It's part of a larger project that will be for a specific (social believe it or not!) purpose, it's just that I always see this forum in the search results for the type of techniques that I want to use.

    I did some webscrpaping before, I created a bash script, and it was a massive pain in the backside but it did work.

    For this project, I believe that I could do all of the things that I want using tools that I know about, but they are quite time intensive for the scale that I want to work on.
     
  5. WebRog

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    I managed to modify a script that I found to do the job, I'm quite pleased, as I'm useless at programming, but it does seem to work reasonably well; albeit quite slowly as it only extracts about 60k followers per hour.
    Next stage is to make an autofollower/unfollower.
     
  6. cpa37710t

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    your software sounds really interesting im pm'ing you
     
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  7. WebRog

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    I can't PM back, as I am a new member - here is what I would have said:

    I have an extractor script right now, for a fee I would help you - this isn't a trivial job and I am very busy.

    Make me an offer - I would need a list of the accounts that you want the details extracting from, as well as the number of followers for each account, in order to assess how fair your offer was.
    You would get a complete list of all of the people that follow those accounts.

    R
     
  8. WebRog

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    If you PM me, I will see it in my email - if you want my attention.
     
  9. WebRog

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    Right now, my programmer has done a fantastic job - I can extract a LOT of followers.