Using F! Data Miner is very simple since you don’t need to know any programming or create any configurations as other general data scrapers require. The extension will automatically load more posts and for each post it will load more likes/comments/shares, depending on the scrape type you select.
- Create a Free account to get started.
- Download and install F! Data Miner extension. You will need an account (free or paid) in order to use the extension.
- Open Facebook website in Google Chrome and navigate to a desired Facebook page, group or profile. The F! Data Miner icon in the right area of the web address navigation bar will become active. If you want to scrape a friend list or a followers list, navigate to the user’s Friends section.
- Click the icon to open FB Data Miner extension window. The extension’s popup window will show.
- Select a desired Scrape Type and click on Scrape. The extension will start processing the posts and show results in the Retrieved Information area.
- When desired, stop the scraping operation by pressing the Stop button.
- By pressing the Download button, all collected data will be downloaded as a CSV file which you can import into Excel.
NOTE: If you are navigating through Facebook pages and have the extension open, please press the “Reload” button from the extension window to reload the Facebook page and reconnect with it or just close the extension window and re-open it. The extension window should display the title of the Facebook page.
F! Data Miner is a Google Chrome extension that allows the scraping (extraction) of visible content from Facebook.
The current version of F! Data Miner allows the extraction of multiple types of content from Facebook:
- Post content from pages, person profiles or groups. This includes text content, additional text content (e.g. title/description of a shared link), image, post id, post date, post url, name of person who posted (in a group for example), url of person who posted, number of likes, number of shares
- Users who like/share/comment on posts from pages, person profiles or groups. This includes the user name, user id, user url, post id and post date
- Friends/followers that are publicly displayed in a person’s profile “Friends” section
Firstly, you will need to create an account of the site. You will need to remain logged in every time you will use the Chrome extension. The extension itself is separate from the website and is installed into Google Chrome.
- Download/install (add to Chrome) F! Data Miner extension from the Google Webstore. You will need to use Google Chrome for this. After the installation, you will see F! Data Miner icon in the right side of the Address bar in Google Chrome. The icon will be greyed out initially. It will activate (will be clickable) when you visit a Facebook page.
- Open a new tab in Chrome and go to a Facebook page/profile/group. Once the desired page has loaded, click on the F! Data Miner icon. Do not navigate out of the Facebook tab. Also, do not open multiple Facebook tabs.
- If you are viewing a page, profile or group, F! Data Miner should display the name of that entity in its window. This means everything is in order and you can start the scraping procedure.
- If you want to process posts (either to extract their content or to extract the users that liked/shared/commented), make sure that the posts are actually visible (of example, in a public group you haven’t joined, you will need to navigate to the Discussion section in order to have the posts visible; main page won’t show the posts).
- If you want to process friends/followers of a person, navigate to that person’s “Friends” section, either to the “All friends” or to the “Followers” subsection.
- Select the desired Scrape type from F! Data Miner window and press Scrape. Extraction will start.
- Press the Stop button when desired.
- Press Download to save the data collected.
The date comes in the standard Unix time format (e.g. 1519063419000). It can be converted into any date in Excel using the formula:
The new formula should be inserted into a new column/cell that references the column/cell of the date (E1).
The new cell can then be custom formatted into Excel to display the date and time (2/19/18 6:03PM)