Facebook Data Access

Facebook is one of the most popular social networking sites and photo sharing platforms in the world. Users add friends, post comments, and join fan pages, among other activities. Only Facebook data abiding by Facebook's ToS is available through Gnip.


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Data Collector

Connect to multiple public APIs simultaneously with a single connection to Gnip. You select the sources, we will collect the data, enrich it, and pass it along to you. Simplify your access and save on scarce engineering resources.


Format Normalization

Want to use just one parser to consume all of your data? Activity Streams format from Gnip enables you to consume all of your data in a single standardized format across all of our data sources.


Dedicated Support Team

We offer technical onboarding, technical documentation, code snippets and libraries on GitHub, and rapid support response during business hours with 24/7 emergency response to ensure your success.


Duplicate Exclusion

Gnip eliminates duplicates within each stream so you'll only receive each activity once. This is particularly useful for polling-based streams where the original source may deliver the same activity multiple times.


Optimized Polling

Tired of trying to keep up with changing rate limits, API latency, and other factors that limit the effectiveness of your polling? Gnip optimizes the polling for each API to ensure that you get the most data you can.


Choice of Protocols

Whether you choose to access your data in the publisher's original format or in Activity Streams format, Gnip can deliver your data to you in the protocol of your choice: HTTP GET, HTTP POST, or Streaming HTTP


Plug & Play Streams

The Data Collector provides a single point of integration that supports up to six interchangeable realtime public API streams from our wide variety of supported social networks.


Customized Solutions, Predictable Pricing

Gnip offers customized solutions with predictable pricing to meet the needs of your business. There are three easy steps to getting started.

  1. Discuss what you are looking to do with Facebook data
  2. Get you into a trial so you can test our solution with up to six different streams
  3. Put together the best package for your needs


Payload Elements

  • Activity ID
  • PublishedTime
  • UpdatedTime
  • Activity URL
  • Activity Content
  • Activity Geo Information (where provided)
  • Actor Name
  • Actor Profile URL



Industries Using Facebook

Social Media Monitoring

Social media monitoring is the most common use for Facebook data. With the volume of people and content being shared on Facebook every business can find value in the metrics and insight.

Business Intelligence

Understanding how the content being shared on Facebook can affect revenue, customer service volume and other internal metrics is quickly becoming a key to success for business intelligence applications.


Understanding how your promotions spread online is just the beginning of the value that can be found by analyzing Facebook data. From trends in opinion to location data for the content the uses of Facebook data are unlimited.

Sources Similar to Facebook

Status Updates and Posts on Facebook and Tweets share a lot in common. Both include structured and unstructured metadata including links, images, and free form text that can be analyzed for insights.

When you need content that is similar to Facebook just look to the competition. Google+ structured their network very similar to Facebooks and therefore the content that can be shared is very similar.

One of the main sources of content for Facebook posts is photos. While the photos on Facebook are extremely valuable based on the quantity, Flickr has additional data points like geolocation that add additional value.

Success Stories

I absolutely love Gnip's API design. Very universal which saves hours of work on my side.

Addictive Mobility

Gnip allows businesses to focus on reaping social data insight, rather than tracking which services are hot, which are not, and which have changed their API policies.