Can you speak to any limitations on the volume that is retrievable from Facebook?

Oct 23, 2016 at 8:40 PM
I understand that both Twitter can throttle your calls and that this is a tiny snapshot. What can you tell us about Facebook's limitations? For example, if I request a block of data from a fan page, is this a random snapshot, all of the available data or what? What can you tell us about the limitations of the API connection?
Oct 24, 2016 at 3:13 AM

Thank you for the interest in NodeXL!

Facebook has a different philosophy when it comes to data access in contrast with Twitter.

Twitter limits the amount of data it delivers in terms of volume, time, and age. A maximum of 18000 tweets that are no older than 7 or 8 days are returned.

Facebook limits data in terms of nature and the speed of delivery. Data is mostly available about activity in Fan Pages and Groups. No meaningful information about the individual user and their feed is available. However, any amount of data from any time period can be imported from any open Fan Page or Group. Data is returned at a rate of a query per second, and some imports may require many queries. As a result, it can take hours to import a long stretch of Facebook data.


Marked as answer by MarcSmith on 10/23/2016 at 7:13 PM