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Spotting influencers and VIPs in LinkedIn with PowerShell – Part 2: “The Dark Side”

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Spotting influencers and VIPs in LinkedIn with PowerShell — Part 2: “The Dark Side”

What we have seen on our previous post may seem interesting and powerful. Essentially, what we are doing is opening the door to creating local datasets with personally identifiable information coming from our Social Networks. That’s a pretty big deal. Therefore, there are a couple of things that we need to understand before going forward.

Privacy, Law and Ethics

Usually, on Digital Media, whenever you can access some information is because you have rights and permissions to do so. However, I would like you to consider the difference between “can” and “should”. Now, you have the chance to “download” datasets to your PC. That’s a substantial difference from when data lives fully on the server. Now you are hosting an instance of that data and therefore you are legally bound by law to those jurisdictions applicable to you.

Bare in mind that regulatory bodies may require that you apply high levels of protection and security to datasets containing personally identifiable information about religion, race, sex orientation, or any sort of affiliation. This could very well be the case of your dataset. However, even if this is not the case, you can’t be sure whether the ones you are going to deal with tomorrow will put you in such a situation.

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Spotting influencers and VIPs in LinkedIn with PowerShell – Part 1: “The How To”

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Spotting influencers and VIPs in LinkedIn with PowerShell - Part 1: "The How To"

Liking, commenting, tagging, bookmarking or defining something as favorite are all common on-line activities these days. However, most of us don’t realize the depth of information we leave behind each time we perform them and what we can actually do with that information.

This is perfectly understandable in a world that hides all those details behind APIs that regular people can’t use. Fortunately, this is no longer the case anymore. Today I would like to show you how to leverage the Social Media Scripting Framework to extract meaningful information from those that connect with you or your brand in LinkedIn.

Let’s start by getting data from our LinkedIn Timelines …

Now, let’s have a look at what we’ve got in return:

As you can see, we have posts from one LinkedIn Group and from a LinkedIn Company Page.

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“Less is more” … Have we achieved it on this new release of the Framework?

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“Less is more” … Have we achieved it on this new release of the Framework?

Back in 2013, I shipped the Social Media Scripting Framework for the first time. I was excited about it, but, at the same time, I realized that there were some things that, clearly, were too complicated. There is still a lot of work to do to make it even more simple and more capable. This is, definitely, not over. Anyway, I would like to spend some time showing you how the new updates have simplified the way you interact with the framework and how to get the most of it.

Working with Excel

The Excel module has changed a great deal in many ways. First, you no longer have to have a local copy of Excel on your local computer in order to work with data stored on Excel files. Of course, you can have it, but the Social Media Scripting Framework doesn’t rely on it any more.

Let’s see what your experience was and how it is today:

On previous versions …

Written by Carlos Veira Lorenzo

March 3rd, 2014 at 9:31 pm

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