When it first came out eight years ago, I assumed The Social Network would be a fairly dull retelling of the origin story of what was then everyone’s favourite social network. I finally caught it the other day, and it turns out I’d been missing out on a great movie.
I was aware of the recent stories – an increasing number of people claiming that Facebook’s apps were listening in on their conversations and serving up ads based on what they’d heard – but I’d always thought this assumption was based on ignorance of how online advertising works, and when Facebook denied the claims I thought that was that.
If you hadn’t already heard, I’ve been experimenting with some Python recently, trying to build on the foundation that I picked up at the SANS Cyber Retraining Academy. While I’d already had some success playing around with isolated little scripts, I decided it was time to start pulling data from external sources – starting with Twitter.