This is a post about (at least temporary) failure. I should be able to do all this via the Facebook API/SDK but I’m doing something wrong. While I’m learning a decent amount in the land of programming, fundamentally I still suck. With that cathartic self-flagellation out of the way . . . I’m working with someone who wants to grab all the comments from a large number of CDC posts about health issues for some research. She is currently doing it by hand. Here are two improvements to that awful reality.If you must punch yourself in the face at least do it for a shorter duration. Expand All Comments In FB land if there are many comments you only see the most recent. And if there are many, many comments you have to keep hitting “View Previous Comments” over and over. That’s super boring to do once. If you have to do it a lot it would really suck. Enter Alec’s bookmarklet. I tweaked it a tiny bit because I think FB changed the wording but it works like a charm. You’d copy the text below. Add a bookmark and then click edit. Replace the URL with this text and name it whatever you want. Grab All Comments Now to grab all these enlightening comments . . . Install the […]
So I actually taught a 55 minute class Monday. I’d give myself a C- but I think the underlying concept and the examples are decent and worth sharing. Here’s the idea. Essentially it’s easier and easier to tell convincing lies in a digital environment. I’m stealing from Dan Meyer here. I asked the kids to tell me one thing they knew was true and then one thing they knew was false. The next request was for a statement that was sort of true or sort of false. Augmenting Reality So I start with the question “Are these pictures lies?” and then try to drill down to the various pieces and apply the idea of context, intent, and manipulation. Essentially, maybe it doesn’t matter so much if Dana Carvey is airbrushed up. He’s a comedian. I don’t think anyone cares too much what he looks like. He’s not selling anything to do with looks. Does it matter more that they’re changing Beyonce’s skin color dramatically? Why would they do that? Does it matter? Interestingly, the students seemed to feel that this was done with lighting and wasn’t a big deal. With Demi Moore, I tried to add complication. Would this be a lie if this picture was used to sell a beauty product? That seemed to trigger something for the […]
I thought I’d take a stab at using Google Script to capture Instagram data after being inspired by all the great Martin Hawksey has done with the TAGS Explorer. I’m doing something very similar and it turned out to be fairly straightforward to take the PHP I’d written previously and turn it into something that’d function in Google Sheets. I found this example highly useful in creating my own script.I basically copied portions of it. The following script can also be set with a time based trigger to fire every X minutes/hours/days which is perfect for this particular project. You can see it pulling 20 pictures worth of data every hour here if you’d like.