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DeepCapture.com Scraping Facebook Friends

Posted By Barry Ritholtz On December 9, 2009 @ 11:36 pm In Short Selling,Web/Tech | Comments Disabled

Here is something weird, and a little creepy:

The freakshow [1] that is DeepCapture.com seems to have grabbed all of the Facebook friends of anyone who has ever: a) written anything positive about short selling or 2) said anything negative about Overstock.com.

http://www.deepcapture.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/12/facebook-data.csv [2]

For those of you who are unaware of what DeepCapture is, the name suggests that the short sellers have “Captured” the press. Deep Capture is a work of Patrick Byrne, founder of Overstock.com.

For the record, I am in favor of shorting stocks, but do not favor naked shorting, which is against SEC rules.

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Screen grab:

DC Facebook [3]

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See also:
Overstock’s Campaign of Menace [4]
JOE NOCERA
NYT, February 25, 2006

http://select.nytimes.com/2006/02/25/business/25nocera.html

Worst CEO of 2006 goes to Ilia Lekach of Parlux; Overstock’s Byrne is runner up for the second straight year [5]
Marketwatch, Dec. 6, 2006

http://www.marketwatch.com/story/worst-ceo-of-the-year-award

There He Goes Again [6]
JMINMTU, June 08, 2009

http://jeffmatthewsisnotmakingthisup.blogspot.com/2009/06/there-he-goes-again.html

Do Nudists Run Wall Street? [7]
HOLMAN W. JENKINS, JR
WSJ, APRIL 12, 2006

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB114480254610823574.html


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URLs in this post:

[1] freakshow: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Patrick_M._Byrne#Campaign_against_naked_shorting_and_analysts

[2] http://www.deepcapture.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/12/facebook-data.csv: http://www.deepcapture.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/12/facebook-data.csv

[3] Image: http://www.ritholtz.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2009/12/DC-Facebook.png

[4] Overstock’s Campaign of Menace: http://select.nytimes.com/2006/02/25/business/25nocera.html

[5] Worst CEO of 2006 goes to Ilia Lekach of Parlux; Overstock’s Byrne is runner up for the second straight year: http://www.marketwatch.com/story/worst-ceo-of-the-year-award

[6] There He Goes Again: http://jeffmatthewsisnotmakingthisup.blogspot.com/2009/06/there-he-goes-again.html

[7] Do Nudists Run Wall Street?: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB114480254610823574.html

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