Making sense of public org on facebook.

Simple task – Find out who Delhi traffic police has investigated and in how much time.

Where is the information – Right now on FB.

How can one get it

It should be simple, it is public data. You just get all the posts of Delhi traffic police spend few minutes in formulating a regular expression to extract the number plates. And follow it up by co-relating it to time it was reported and time it was “posted as action taken”. You can do fancier things by extracting entities and posting them back on map. But to start with access to reports and corresponding action taken post will be enough.

Challenge – FB’s dev policy unfortunately does not allow it šŸ˜¦ or at least I could not make enough sense of the policy doc. I could not get a response from them and waited for reasonable timeĀ  before posting it.


Twitter is better friend here.

Search firms should be allowed to gather posts of “recognized” publicĀ  entities – in this case delhi traffic police. There need not be any access to its network of people who are “friends” with it or “like it”.

Making sense of public org on facebook.

2 thoughts on “Making sense of public org on facebook.

    1. govindkanshi says:

      This was the api I was planning to use Deepak. Challenge is simpler – what can you do with data. Unfortunately it is not clear at this juncture if you can use it in your app while analyzing the post. Since the “data” is owned by FB. That is why the confusion.
      BTW we need to meet. Just saw hbase based columnar search solution developed locally – blazingly fast and scalable. They are just using hdfs piece exclusively.

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