Comments on: Scrape anyone’s Twitter followers Extract tables from PDFs and scrape the web Thu, 14 Jul 2016 16:12:42 +0000 hourly 1 By: Mike Wed, 16 Oct 2013 15:12:51 +0000 Indeed, social network profiles are generally public data. You would easily see this if you’ve used a search engine, like Google or Bing, in the past decade.

Extracting the table of data in this format allows you to see additional details about Twitter followers that is public, but just not viewable on a single page within Twitter.

Keep up the good work!

By: Zarino Zappia Tue, 08 Oct 2013 15:33:13 +0000 Hi Martha! Generally our Twitter tools can only access data that’s already public – eg: the follower lists which are accessible via the sidebar on each user’s profile page.

Twitter users who are worried about their privacy can set their profile to “Protected”. Because our Twitter tools use the Twitter OAuth API, they cannot access the followers of a Protected profile, unless you yourself follow that profile. This is perfectly sensible – if you’re able to see a person’s followers, then so is the Get Twitter Followers tool under your control.

In the end, however, we trust our users to act responsibly and within the law. If this topic interests you, you might want to read Francis’ blog post about the legality of scraping from 2012.

By: Martha Wed, 02 Oct 2013 12:13:29 +0000 You may think this is clever, but it is an invasion of people’s privacy and goes against every principle of every privacy legislation. This is the kind of behavior that hurts an entire industry.