Build a FB Scraper using Macros, PHP cURL or anything else!

** As FB uses Ajax to load its content, it is important that you make sure that you are able to do this job before placing a bid. **


This project is to build a scraper using macros – ie. iMacros – or PHP Curl’s for Facebook’s Newsfeed ("NF") ads OR any other safer method, and other types of ads to be decided later.


Visit specified FB page URLs and collect ads data (e.g. number of likes, comments, shares, number of comments in the past hour of a particular ad, corresponding page info, etc.) and present them neatly and in well-organized manner (e.g. can filter data based on a given rule i.e. show data based on page owner/competitor.



Facebook's NF ads the ones that show between status updates of your friends here: [login to view URL] The challenge is, there's several different formats of NF ads as can be seen here:

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What we're looking to do is identify story/update DIVs that contain the word "Sponsored" - as this is the common attribute among all NF ads. Then extract data from those DIVs only.

Here are a few sample NF ads:

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We will provide you with the accounts that are display these ads.



Application will require the usage of multiple FB accounts to scrape data; hence application must have the ability to link up (and delete) with multiple FB accounts.

When logging in to each account, the macro will need to ensure that the appropriate proxy for each account is used – which we will provide. When switching between accounts, the macro will need to clear all Temporary Internet Files (including Cookies) to ensure that the accounts aren't linked together.



The scraper will need to continue scrolling to the bottom of the page, until it encounters the following messages:

- Old FB Format: "Add your friends to see more of their photos and stories in your news feed."

- New FB Format: "There are no more posts to show right now."

It will then need to identify the DIVs that contain the text "Sponsored" and:

- Identify a unique parameter (to keep track of when it was first seen, last seen, times seen)

- Extract all the content within the DIV

- Click the advertiser's link and record all URL redirects

- Load and save any images displayed within the DIV

- Save which account saw the advertisement

- When the advertisement was first seen

- When the advertisement was last seen - if the same ad has been seen several times

- The number of times the advertisement was seen - if the same ad has been several times

- Record social information such as the number of likes, comments, etc. All this information will need to be saved in the database.


1. 3-4 years’ experience in web development using PRIMARILY PHP

2. Profound knowledge of related frameworks (e.g. Laravel for PHP) for faster development

3. 2-3 years’ experience with Facebook Graph API

4. Strong knowledge on writing AJAX requests

5. Must be well-versed in HTML5, CSS3/SASS, and JavaScript

6. Must have experience using git for version control (experience in using some git branching strategy is an advantage)

7. Experience with NPM and task runners is required for faster development


1. Experience with some basic project management application like Trello, etc.

** As FB uses Ajax to load its content, it is important that you make sure that you are able to do this job before placing a bid. **


AJAX, Anything Goes, PHP, Web Scraping, Website Design

BUDGET: Flexible/Negotiable

Skills: AJAX, Anything Goes, Facebook API, PHP, Web Scraping

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