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Friendster
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URL http://www.friendster.com/[IAWcite.todayMemWeb]
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Friendster is an early social networking site which announced on April 25th, 2011 that most of the user-generated content on the site would be deleted on May 31st, 2011. It's estimated that Friendster has over 115 million registered users.

How to help

Scrape profiles

We're going to break up the user ids into ranges and let individuals claim a range to download. Use this table to mark your territory:

Start End Status Size (Uncompressed) Claimant
1 999 Claimed db48x
1000 1999 Done 283MB alard
2000 2999 Done 473MB DoubleJ
3000 3999 Done 234MB Teaspoon
4000 4999 Done 183MB Paradoks
5000 5999 Done 202MB robbiet48/Robbie Trencheny (Amsterdam)
6000 9999 Claimed Sketchcow/Jason Scott
10000 29999 Claimed Sketchcow/Jason Scott
30000 31999 Uploaded 485mb Sketchcow/Jason Scott
32000 32999 Done 201MB Paradoks
33000 33999 Uploaded 241mb closure
34000 100000 done unknown (20+ gb?) closure
100000 101000 done 205.6 MB xlene
101001 102000 Done 232MB robbiet48/Robbie Trencheny (Florida)
102001 103000 Done 241MB robbiet48/Robbie Trencheny (Amsterdam)
103001 104000 Done 202MB yipdw
104001 105000 Done 231MB Coderjoe
105001 114999 Claimed Paradoks
115000 116999 Done 468MB yipdw
117000 119999 Claimed Coderjoe
120000 130000 Claimed robbiet48/Robbie Trencheny (Florida)
130000 140000 Claimed robbiet48/Robbie Trencheny (Amsterdam)
140001 160000 Claimed yipdw
160001 180000 Claimed jch
180001 200000 Claimed yipdw
200001 220000 Claimed Coderjoe
220001 230000 Claimed xlene
230001 240000 Claimed alard
240001 250000 Claimed Teaspoon
250001 260000 Claimed robbiet48/Robbie Trencheny (Newark)
260001 270000 Claimed robbiet48/Robbie Trencheny (Fremont 1)
270001 280000 Claimed robbiet48/Robbie Trencheny (Fremont 2)
280001 290000 Claimed DoubleJ
290001 300000 Claimed dnova
124328261 Pool

Tools

friendster-scrape-profile

Script to download a Friendster profile view or download

You need a Friendster account to use this script. Add your login details to a file username.txt and a password.txt and save those in the directory of the download script.

Run with a numeric profile id of a Friendster user: ./friendster-scrape-profile PROFILE_ID

Currently downloads:

  • the main profile page (profiles.friendster.com/$PROFILE_ID)
  • the user's profile image from that page
  • the list of public albums (www.friendster.com/viewalbums.php?uid=$PROFILE_ID)
  • each of the album pages (www.friendster.com/viewphotos.php?a=$id&uid=$PROFILE_ID)
  • the original photos from each album
  • the list of friends (www.friendster.com/fans.php?uid=$PROFILE_ID)
  • the shoutoutstream (www.friendster.com/shoutoutstream.php?uid=$PROFILE_ID) and the associated comments
  • the Friendster blog, if any

It does not download any of the widgets.

Downloading one profile takes between 6 to 10 seconds and generates 200-400 kB of data (for normal profiles).

Automating the process

(This is all unix-only; it won't work in Windows.)
1. Create a Friendster account
2. Download the script; name it 'bff.sh'.
3. In the directory that you put the bff.sh, make a username.txt file that has your Friendster e-mail address as the text in it
4. In the directory that you put the bff.sh, make a password.txt file that has your Friendster password as the text in it.
5. Choose your profile range.
6. Edit that section to say what range you'll do.
7. On the command line, type (with your range replacing the '#'s.):
for i in {#..#}; do bash bff.sh $i; done

Site Organization

Content on Friendster seems to be primarily organized by the id number of the users, which were sequentially assigned starting at 1. This will make it fairly easy for wget to scrape the site and for us to break it up into convenient work units. The main components we need to scrape are the profile pages, photo albums and blogs, but there may be others. More research is needed

Profiles

Urls of the form 'http://profiles.friendster.com/<userid>'. Many pictures on these pages are hosted on urls that look like 'http://photos-p.friendster.com/photos/<lk>/<ji>/nnnnnijkl/<imageid>.jpg', but these folders aren't browsable directly. Profiles will not be easy to scrape with wget.

Photo Albums

A user's photo albums are at urls that look like 'http://www.friendster.com/viewalbums.php?uid=<userid>' with individual albums at 'http://www.friendster.com/viewphotos.php?a=<album id>&uid=<userid>'. It appears that the individual photo pages use javascript to load the images, so they will be very hard to scrape.

On the individual album pages, the photo thumbnails are stored under similar paths as the main images. i.e. if the album thumb is at http://photos-p.friendster.com/photos/<lk>/<ji>/nnnnnijkl/<imageid>m.jpg, just drop the final 'm' to get the main photo (or replace it with a 't' to get an even tinier version).

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