Facebook Scraping is the process of automatically collecting information from the platform. It is a field with active developments sharing a common goal with the semantic web vision, an ambitious initiative that still requires breakthroughs in text processing, semantic understanding, artificial intelligence and human-computer interactions. R-SHIEF currently collects and analyzes the following metrics on selected Facebook public pages: the start date ( when they were first set up), evolution of the number of followers, measure of the degree of activity on the page, a compilation of the most prominent of these groups (eg. the top 25 in terms of number of followers.)
Below is an example of this concept in action. The purpose of this utility is to gain insight into the Middle East Revolutions of 2011/2012 on Facebook.