Instagram Helper (Scraper) Chrome Extension
Version 0.313 added a button on the list of generated users. Clicking on this button you can send the follow requests to all not yet followed/requested users from the generated list. The requests are sent with interval, and the default value is 3 seconds, the value could be changed in the settings. However it is better to increase the interval, as short interval brings to more frequent temporary ban (when HTTP error 429 is returned by Instagram.com).
Version 0.315 added a button on the popup window that opens a new window with the dialog as on the image below. It is very simple now, but there are some ideas about adding more features for that functionality. For now, there is an option to specify the stop criterion: when already liked post is met or when the certain amount of posts is liked. Clicking the "Like the posts in your feed!" button starts the process, the "Stop it" button stops it. The stop criterion is checked after each like request, therefore it could be changed during execution. The like requests are sent with the interval, the default duration of the interval is 3 seconds, but the value could be changed in the options. I would not recommend setting the shorter interval for the same reason as for follow requests.
I would like to draw your attention that using my extension could be risky, as it seems Instagram.com doesn't appreciate using the such tools. Please be careful, and it is better to use the longer intervals for all actions.
Now the extension allows to limit the amount of fetched users to Nth first returned users. From my observation, the newest followers/following users are returned in the beginning, therefore limiting the output could be useful to get the newest relationships only, especially for accounts with huge amount of relationships. If limit value is 0 and it is the default value on opening the extension popup window, the limit is not applied. The limit is applied independently to both relationships: followers and following, it means if limit is 1000, the extension fetches 1000 followers and 1000 following persons when requested relationship is All (followers and following). Therefore the length of created list could be about 2000 users, depending on how much followers and following intersect. Also the setting limit to 1000, doesn't mean that exactly 1000 users will be returned in the output, typically one response from Instagram.com contains about 18-20 users, therefore the total amount of returned users could be a little bit higher than asked, but not more than 20.
Also to return the results faster, the results are returned just when all list is fetched for Instagram.com. However these result are not detailed enough, they just contain the username and small picture of the profile. Therefore getting the detailed info continues in background, and when it completed, the list with detailed info is displayed.
I've just uploaded the new version to Chrome Web Store. It is aligned to the new API from Instagram. However, as far as I know, the new API returns the detailed information about user, e.g. amount of posts, followers, and following persons, only in response for single user request, therefore for each found user the individual request should be sent to collect the detailed information. It slows down the process.
I've just discovered that Instagram has changed the API and endpoints. Therefore the main functionality of the extension doesn't work now. I am motivated to adjust code as soon as possible, hopefully will be able to publish the updated version this weekend.
Version 0.290 is uploaded to Chrome Web Store. It allows to export the results into Excel file. Also it contains more improved handling of HTTP 429 error - now user interaction is not required for resuming the process, and status bar gives more clear information what happened and when retry will be done. In addition, some minor bugfixing and improvements are done, including indicating the case when actual amount of returned users is different than amount displayed on profile info; I noticed it could happen with users having more than several thousands connected users, maybe the amount of followers and following users on profile info is updated asynchronously or with some delay. This is a stable version, now I am not planning to develop the new versions in the next several weeks, as I got something else to do; however sooner or later I will return to this extension, as still there are some planned improvements.
Version 0.280 is uploaded to Chrome Web Store. The main changes:
Yesterday I uploaded an new version of my extension into Chrome Web Store. The main changes are:
The main changes are:
I am going to publish a new version of the extension this weekend. The main changes are:
I've just published a new version 0.23 of extension on Chrome Web Store. So when you click the extension icon, the displayed popup window has two buttons:
1) Get Insta Users (manual fetching). The previous approach of getting the list that requires the manual fetching, this option will be removed soon.
2) Get Insta Users. The new approach that creates a list for the username specified in the input control.
There are two options for autofetching
1) "Page size for fetching users" - amount of users to be returned in one click. The default value is 100, however debugging this functionality, I realised that instagram server doesn't respect this parameter too much, and usually returns about 20 users in one call.
2) "Interval between requests for fetching users, ms" - delay before issuing the next request when the processing of previous request is completed. If there is no delays, for fetching the long list of users, the instagram will start to return HTTP code 429 (too many requests, try several minutes later). Right now this situation is not handled, and the only option to avoid that is having a delay.