Digital Footprints – Collect Facebook Data

Use Digital Footprints software in your research project to collect closed Facebook data with user consent. The web-based software does not require any programming skills and makes it possible for you to a) invite participants; b) retrieve data from the selected profiles; c) view statistics and search for specific content or patterns; and d) sort and filter content according to research interests. Everything without having the slightest programming interest or skills. Features include: 1) Invite Participants – Invite participants to join your research project by sending them an email with a sign up link. The link directs the participant to a Facebook app with consent procedures that permit you to collect data from Facebook; 2) Retrieve data – When a participant has given his/her consent the selected relevant data is automatically retrieved from Facebook. Collecting further data during the research project requires only a single click; 3) Search, Sort and Filter – All data collected from Facebook is indexed and can be searched just like using your typical search engine. Both the whole dataset as well as search results can be sorted on several attributes and filtered by e.g. time ranges; and 4) Statistics – Digital Footprints software also allows the researchers to make different statistics on the collected data. The statistics enable researchers to discover patterns and trends and monitor developments over. This will be added to the tools section of Research Resources Subject Tracer™ Information Blog. This will be added to Web Data Extractors white paper.

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