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How do you fetch a friend history (of people that have been unfriended)? [Dec. 20th, 2004|09:44 am]
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I was looking at these two quizzes, the LJ stalker one and the friend-o-meter one. It seems they fetch the names of people I have friended in the past. Some of the people listed have never commented in my journal and aren't mentioned anywhere in it, leading me to believe this somehow fetches a friending history. How does it do it?


[User Picture]From: marksmith
2004-12-20 10:56 pm (UTC)

In order for them to know who you friended a long time ago they would have to crawl data looking for users and then do it repeatedly to maintain a database of changes.

I know there are several tools out there that show you friending history. They don't catch things that happen really quick, but generally they pick up on changes within a month or so.

Anyway, for more information on what is and isn't allowed, please see our handy page about this very matter.
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[User Picture]From: chris21718
2004-12-21 12:05 am (UTC)
Thanks for that information. I haven't written any "bots", but figured that the rules for them would be based on "common sense" and "politeness".

The only program I've considered writing was a program to cache my LJ entries in a local directory for indexing purposes. It would only need to pull posts I'd made that are newer than the latest post in the cache.

I created a concordance-style index for my journal, but the post-gathering was done by hand and is not automated. I'd like to automate it evenutally, though.

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[User Picture]From: rrm3
2005-03-18 01:25 am (UTC)
Do you maintain this page? The link to the example client is, um, broken I think.
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[User Picture]From: marksmith
2005-03-18 01:27 am (UTC)
...what example client where?
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[User Picture]From: rrm3
2005-03-19 01:42 am (UTC)
on livejournal.com/bots, which you link to in a comment above, the example client, er, user-agent is http://fooland.com/ljtoy.html; bob@fooland.com. If you load up fooland.com/ljtoy.html, you will see that Tim is not happy.
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[User Picture]From: marksmith
2005-03-19 01:47 am (UTC)
That's pretty rad. :)

Oh well! Can't please everybody, I guess. He should capitalize on it and put something there that'll bring him profit! That or goatse. Teach users not to follow example links.
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