Facebook Scrapage

I’m thinking about how to implement facebook’s social graph in my Events calendar application. It would be a big boon for my site if when people signed up, they could automatically have their facebook friends imported as their friends on my site. However, I don’t like the idea of having to have the person give me their login information to do this. (This is what OAuth is for!).

However, facebook lets me see all of the people at Mary Washington on it, and it lets me look at all of their friends. I’m thinking that I might be able to scrape facebook automatically when someone signs up, using my account, to atleast import basic information about their friends. This isn’t as easy or useful as a full API that facebook could easily provide, but it would be a start, and a cool app to write!

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