Tweeper 0.4 released, scraping Facebook and Instagram

On September 13th 2015 I released version 0.4 of tweeper, a web scraper which converts Twitter and other sites to RSS.

A snippet from the NEWS file:

News for v0.4:
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  * Make the generated RSS validate with feedvalidator.org
  * Fix support for Dilbert.com
  * Add support for Instragram.com
  * Add support for public pages on Facebook.com
  * Make tweeper work with the PHP built-in web server
  * Misc fixes to code and documentation

Adding support for Instagram.com was interesting: the site serves the content as JSON and to reuse the generic XSLT approach I decided to convert the JSON to XML using XML_Serializer. I read that there are proposals for direct JSON transformation in XSLT 3.0 but I am not sure if the functionality is available anywhere yet.

Support for public pages on Facebook.com was also added, because since June 23rd Facebook dropped the page RSS Feed endpoint; it was quite easy: they just “hide” the relevant content in HTML comments.

Now I would like to get in touch with some developers more into PHP than I am, to help me cleanup the code, make it a library and maybe upload it to packagist to make it available to composer users.

Anyone?


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Hi Antonio, Thanks for

Anonymous's picture

Hi Antonio,

Thanks for continuing to work on this great program, not everyone wants a twitter account but may want to follow.

However, it would be really nice if this worked with thunderbird - am i missing something obvious? Any plans to have thunderbird support?

Thanks again!

See if Thunderbird can use

ao2's picture

See if Thunderbird can use commands/filters as RSS feed sources. I don't know.

If not you can always use tweeper with a local web server (even the php builtin webserver) as explained in the tweeper man page, and set the local feed URL in Thunderbird.

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