Facebook Graph Manual: 97 pages manual with clever search phrases

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Finally, a 97 pages manual about Facebook Graph (v1.03) Renowned internet expert and investigative reporter Henk van Ess shows his best tricks during #vvoj2013, a conference for investigative reporters in NL and B (www.vvoj.nl)

11/16/13 Version 1.00 Summary of workshop for www.vvoj.nl
11/17/13 Version 1.01 Corrected some typo's
11/17/13 Version 1.02 Included three slides about the difference between Google and Facebook (slide 20 and up)
11/18/13 Version 1.03 Fixed some typo's, included syntax list
11/19/13 Version 1.04 Included a first draft of what professions you can search - on slide 39

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Facebook Graph Manual: 97 pages manual with clever search phrases

  1. 1. Let’s get personal WORKING WITH 
 FACEBOOK GRAPH
  2. 2. Greenpeace: the complete deep web
  3. 3. Greenpeace: the complete deep web
  4. 4. Greenpeace: the complete deep web
  5. 5. Greenpeace: the complete deep web
  6. 6. Zuckerberg about privacy: the social norm changed http://readwrite.com/2010/01/09/facebooks_zuckerberg_says_the_age_of_privacy_is_ov
  7. 7. New Facebook
  8. 8. Facebook Graph • combine 10.000+ facts of Facebook users in a way that was never available before. Not officially available outside US. But just change language settings to US English and you’re in. • allows reporters to find people during breaking news, but also creates leads for investigative journalism
  9. 9. Breaking news
  10. 10. Leads for a story
  11. 11. Sometimes scary • if you are the one that is investigated :)
  12. 12. http://app.thefacesoffacebook.com
  13. 13. http://abclocal.go.com/kgo/story?section=news/technology&id=9319302
  14. 14. So what? • If people reveal they like an event, in this case an event closed for the general public, chances are they are a reporter themselves. Checking out likes of other closed events makes sense: you see what people attended and can ask them what happened
  15. 15. Google vs Facebook • Facebook isn’t in Google:
 it has it’s own database
  16. 16. Google:
  17. 17. Facebook:
  18. 18. Test: • Find at least three people who liked the congress
  19. 19. So what? • You can’t search for postings yet • Comments on photos can be valuable to find out what triggers people you research
  20. 20. So what? • Searching for “photos of vvoj congres 2013” results in photos of that page, not per se photos of the event itself. Searching for “photos by people who like <event>” is an alternative query
  21. 21. Facebook Graph • search the likes / activities combined with work information • “Interests from people who are Waiters and were actors”
  22. 22. It has a learning curve • 10.000+ narrowly defined building blocks allow you to solve complex search problems, but only if you translate your problem into the very specific Graph-language
  23. 23. How do i find • somebody who is unemployed and worked for the Ministerie van Defensie (Dutch)
  24. 24. UWV = unemployment office
  25. 25. If Graph fails… it shows you web results
  26. 26. Right syntax
  27. 27. Personal Search
  28. 28. Use the right blocks
  29. 29. Filter out the Fakers
  30. 30. Mind your language You search in English, but don’t use translations
  31. 31. PHOTO SEARCH
  32. 32. Album
  33. 33. other operators" for picture search
  34. 34. COMPANIES
  35. 35. Some general operators
  36. 36. Combined operators
  37. 37. • how do I find Germans who have a holiday in Amsterdam?
  38. 38. • How do I find same sex couples?
  39. 39. About secret groups The new “secret groups” won’t reveal anything
  40. 40. But closed groups do Just click on the name
  41. 41. names of 2103 veterans
  42. 42. 170 names of people who work at NATO
  43. 43. 72 names of officers
  44. 44. How would you find • people working at soccer clubs who like online gambling?
  45. 45. So what do you do?
  46. 46. Follow me • @henkvaness • www.forreporters.com/searchbistro

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