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Amazon Reviews x #Developer: Automating Ranking Collection with Python

Amazon Reviews x #Developer: Automating Ranking Collection with Python

Amazon Ranking: #11,008

I’ve been busy this spring and slowed down on the Amazon Review project (as you can tell by the increase in my ranking), but with summer and a little extra time I’m reviving it. Part of that revival includes a better way to track my ranking data on Amazon. Unlike Instagram, Amazon doesn’t have a huge flock of developers trying to exploit user APIs (Product APIs? Absolutely) so I had to do a little bit of digging to figure out where I could get the relevant profile information. The answer came in the form of two network calls:

GET https://www.amazon.com/hz/gamification/api/contributor/dashboard/amzn1.account.{accountID}

This includes your review count as well as your helpful votes count

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    "profileWidgetHeader": "Insights",
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            "count": "0",
            "text": "hearts",
            "url": "/ideas/amzn1.account.AHXLXOK2YYA2RAWEREWRWERWER",
            "visibilityText": "Public",
            "metric": "idealist_hearts"
        },
        "ideaListData": {
            "count": "0",
            "text": "idea lists",
            "url": "/ideas/amzn1.account.AHXLXOK2YYA2RAWEREWRWERWER",
            "visibilityText": "Public",
            "metric": "idealist"
        }
    },
    "helpfulVotes": {
        "helpfulVotesData": {
            "count": "427",
            "text": "helpful votes",
            "url": "",
            "visibilityText": "Public",
            "metric": "helpful_votes"
        }
    },
    "reviews": {
        "reviewsCountData": {
            "count": "87",
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            "url": "",
            "visibilityText": "Public",
            "metric": "reviews"
        }
    },
    "programStatus": {
        "helpfulVotes": 1,
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        "ideaList": 1,
        "follow": 0
    }
}
Amazon Contributor Dashboard Call Response

and GET https://www.amazon.com/gp/profile/amzn1.account.{accountID}

This one returns an HTML page with a script in it that returns your ranking. It’s ugly and long and I’ll only include part of the response here

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			P.when('customer-profile', 'ready').execute(function(CustomerProfile) {
			CustomerProfile(document.getElementById('profile_v5'));
	  });
		</script>
      </div>
HTML Dump of profile

The Script

In order to make this script work for you, you’ll need your amazon account ID. You can find this in the URL of your browser when you navigate to your profile page. It’s a series of letters and numbers that looks something like “ASDFSIOUWEJKLDCI323WE” (you can ignore the  ?ie=UTF8&ref_=ya_d_l_profile   part at the end of the URL)

Much like last week’s guide on Instagram statistics, I made a CSV file with the header data I want that will be the repository for all the data I’m collecting

Date, Day,User Rank,Helpful Votes, Reviews,
zoraAmazonStats.csv

 

Then I started getting into the python script

# -*- coding: utf-8 -*-
import urllib2, urlparse, json, time, re

zoraAmazonId = 'AEOCZPH3CWEXS26HBX6SCV56DD2Q'

# Method to retrieve the data for the file
def amazonReviewStats(profileId):
	# Call that returns the votes and review count data
    url='https://www.amazon.com/hz/gamification/api/contributor/dashboard/amzn1.account.'+ profileId
    contents=urllib2.urlopen(url).read()
    
	# Parses the string response into JSON
	userContent = json.loads(contents)
    helpfulVotes = userContent['helpfulVotes']['helpfulVotesData']['count']
    reviewCount = userContent['reviews']['reviewsCountData']['count']
    
	# Gets current Day and Date
	day = time.strftime("%a")
    date = time.strftime("%m/%d/%Y")

	# Call that returns the HTML page    
    profileUrl='https://www.amazon.com/gp/profile/amzn1.account.' + profileId

	# Put headers on the call that will make it mimic a call from a browser (this page won't return anything if you try to cURL or wget from the terminal)
    hdrs = {'User-Agent':'Mozilla/5.0 (iPad; CPU OS 11_0 like Mac OS X) AppleWebKit/604.1.34 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/11.0 Mobile/15A5341f Safari/604.1', 'x-requested-with': 'XMLHttpRequest', 'origin': 'http://evil.com/'}
    
	# Send the request with headers
	req = urllib2.Request(profileUrl, headers=hdrs)    
    profileContents = urllib2.urlopen(req).read()
    
    # Use regex to find the ranking on the page
	matchObj = re.search(r'"rank":"(.*)","decoratedRank', profileContents)

	# Since we're using a comma delimited file, we remove the comma from the number 
    userRank = matchObj.group(1).replace(',','')
    
	# Return the string to be placed in the CSV file
    return date + ',' + day + ',' + userRank + ',' + helpfulVotes + ',' + reviewCount + ',\n'


def getZoraAmazonStats(zoraAmazonId):

    stats = amazonReviewStats(zoraAmazonId)
	# Includes path from root to the csv file
    file = open("/Users/jrutz/Desktop/stats/zoraAmazonStats.csv", "a")
    file.write(stats)
    file.close()

getZoraAmazonStats(zoraAmazonId)
getAmazonStats.py

This will make two calls and then concatenate the data into a string that is then appended to the CSV file. To call it directly, all you have to do is open your terminal and in the correct directory run python getAmazonStats.py

Scheduling the Script to Run Automatically (for us lazy people)

I actually run the scripts for retrieving Amazon data and Instagram data in the same file, so I only need to schedule one job for it. If you want to schedule a job you can use cron to automate this process (as long as your computer is on and connected to the internet)

I want to run python getAmazonStats.py  every day at a time when I’m pretty sure my computer will be open/on. There are ways to make it run asynchronously, but I’m not quite that motivated today.

So I open up my terminal and enter

Jones-Mac:stats jrutz$ crontab -e

This opens up a VIM editor where I can then edit the cron jobs I have. The syntax of a cron job is as follows

minute hour day of month month day of week {script to be run}

I chose to run the scripts at 9:01am because with the exception of weekends, most days I will be awake/on my computer/have access to internet around this time. On my computer the file is called stats.py, but for this file it would look something like 1 9 * * * python /Users/jrutz/Desktop/stats/getAmazonStats.py

If you want to get really fancy with it, there are a half-dozen other ways to set schedules. For me, once a day will work just fine. All you have to do is save the file and voila! you’re done.

TL;DR

While I was automating my Instagram data collection, I figured I might as well automate the collection of my Amazon ranking data as well. I spent some time digging around the network calls so you don’t have to.

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Instagram: Fighting Creative Fatigue

Instagram: Fighting Creative Fatigue

21,151 Followers

A requirement for being a content-creator is actually creating said content. Youtubers make videos, bloggers write posts, Facebook admins hunt for memes, and Instagrammers create visual images.

You guys, creating content on a regular basis is absurdly difficult

I know what you’re thinking: “Johna, all you do is take pictures of yourself on couches in pajamas and of laptops, how hard can that really be?” Let me try to explain why it’s so difficult.

1. To be an effective content creator, you have to post on a regular schedule

The more regular it is, the more effective you’ll be in gaining and retaining followers. New content tends to be what attracts new followers because the algorithms behind-the-scenes are looking for the newest and greatest thing to propagate forward, they aren’t going to be tracking that gorgeous photo you posted four months ago.

That being said, creating content takes time. Whether your publishing cadence is once a week or once a day, at some point your normal life will get in the way. You’re going to get sick, there’ll be deadlines at work, you’ll have to travel unexpectedly, you’ll decide you want to cook dinner every night and start going to the gym, you’ll re-prioritize what you want to spend your time on, the list goes on and on. These things might last for a week or they might last for months, but it’s more than likely that you won’t be in control of when they happen and you’ll have to find a way to adjust.

2. To be an effective content creator, you have to generate new ideas constantly

Though content creators have themes (lifestyle, fashion, tech, cats, family, whatever your jam is) if you post the exact same photo more than once you’re going to eventually lose people. Whatever the medium is (unless you’re a celebrity) subscribers aren’t following you because of who you are, they’re interested in seeing what you’ll come up with next. 

Post something that’s too similar to what you already have? You lose people. Post something that’s radically new and different? You’ll also lose people this way (you might also gain some new people, this one’s kind of toss-up).

In order to create content that’s almost-the-same-but-not-quite you’ll have to increasingly tap into your creativity. Sure there are 50 ways to photograph a computer, but can you find 51? Can you find 54? Can you still take yourself seriously? Can you create your idea in a way that’s on theme, high-quality, and ties into the larger narrative?

Oh yeah, did I forget to mention that…

3. To be an effective content creator, the quality of your content needs to improve over time

Some of this will come naturally with practice. The timing of your videos will improve, your personal aesthetic will fall into place, you’ll learn how to make things efficiently (so they hopefully take up less of your time).

What goes unsaid is that in order to practice and improve it will also require an investment on your part:

  • This might come in the form of time – learning how to use the tools you have better, scout out different locations, sitting down to brainstorm the next greatest thing, doing research to find out what the market is looking for so you can stay on top of things
  • This might come in the form of money – getting higher quality cameras or hiring a photographer, purchasing better editing software, hiring someone to help you (yes, some content creators hire teams/assistants as they start making money off of their brands)

It’s easy to make low-quality content and put it out into the universe, people do it all the time – creating high-quality content and putting it out into the universe is difficult. We tend to be our own harshest critics, and as you create content you’ll come to find that you don’t want to create something that’s worse than what you already have (e.g. you probably won’t post a gorgeous portrait on Monday and a grainy photo of pasta on Tuesday and expect a positive reaction from people). You want everything you put out there to succeed to some degree, and as you gain experience putting it out there you’ll have a better feel for how to achieve that success.

This is how you get creative fatigue

Combine the platform-driven need to post regularly, the subscriber-driven need to post “new” things, the internally driven need to improve, and it’s easy to get burned out by the absurdity of the whole system. For some, “a while” might be a few months while for others it might be a few years.

So how do you deal with creative fatigue?

Honestly, I’m still working on this one. The good news (for you) is that I’ve had a lot of “life” come up recently so I’ve had a lot of time to think about this topic.

Come up with a posting contingency plan

  • This might mean having unpublished content that you’ve saved for a rainy day in the event that life comes up (and intentionally stockpiling it when you’re bursting with creativity)
  • This might mean taking an announced sabbatical from the platform (intentionally informing people you’re not going to be posting for a while rather than just disappearing)
  • This might mean changing the way you interact with the platform for a while

There’s a reason why bands and authors go on tour: tours present the illusion of the performer or writer being “relevant” and “new” even if they’re marketing material they created months or years ago. Unfortunately, those of us operating in the realm of digital content don’t have quite the same luxury – if I block myself from a particular platform for a year, I’ve self-selected into irrelevancy to the community.

Luckily, with Instagram, using the “stories” feature is the content-creator’s version of going on tour. For those unfamiliar with the platform, they’re videos/photos that only last 24 hours and are viewable by anyone, but tend to be watched most closely by the followers that already engage with your profile. They’re generally lower quality, are more lifestyle-y (e.g. “I went for a run”, “I’m at a coffee shop”, “I read an article”) so there’s more room for different types of content, and are a great way to remind people you’re not dead even if you aren’t posting on your feed.

Take yourself on dates

When creativity seems to run dry, it’s often because you’re outputting so much that you’ve forgotten to take the time to remember where the creativity comes from. For some that might be spending time with family or friends, for me it involves reading and gardens, for someone else it might look like going to a new movie solo on a Tuesday night or learning a new pastry recipe.

Do it for you, not with the intention of pulling something publishable out of it (though if you happen to, that can be a bonus).

Give yourself a break

Our priorities change over time and that’s okay. There may come a time in your life where you prefer to post once a month instead of once a day or maybe you’ll decide that you want to move onto something else in your life – that’s completely natural. Regardless of how many followers you have, you’re not beholden to them to keep posting or creating content (unless they paid for something, then you’re beholden to them to follow through).

Whatever you opt to do, communicate it! That way if you decide to return to your former cadence, people will be pleasantly surprised and you won’t just be that person that disappeared off the face of the planet for a few months.

TL;DR

Creative fatigue can occur as a culmination of feeling pressured to post high quality, engaging content, on a cadence that no longer fits with what you can commit to. If you’re used to being brimming with ideas, it’s easy to feel washed up if none of your ideas meet your standards anymore (or if you don’t have the time to put in to make them happen). In those times it’s important to take time for yourself to do the things you love, remember that your followers/subscribers don’t own your life and it’s normal for your priorities to change, and it’s okay to take a break.

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Instagram: A DIY Guide to Handling Impersonators

Instagram: A DIY Guide to Handling Impersonators

16,000 Followers

They say that imitation is the best form of flattery, but when it comes to your online identity sometimes imitation is less flattery and closer to identity theft. You can imagine my surprise when I found myself in precisely that situation.

Why does this happen in the first place?

Let’s be real: there could be a lot of reasons someone would impersonate you because the internet is a weird place.

  • Maybe the person just likes your photos
  • Maybe they intend to catfish someone (pretend to look like someone else in order to manipulate other people)
  • Maybe they intend to actually impersonate you (steal details of your life)

Whatever the reasoning, it’s generally not a good thing to have someone going around using your face and photos (or Intellectual Property) for very long.

Step 1: Identify that someone is impersonating you

Lots of accounts repost photos properly with credit. When those accounts repost they (should) tag you, which means you’ll get notified that your photo has popped up somewhere else on the web and can bookmark it or keep track of it accordingly. It also means that anyone looking at it can track the photo back to your account, no shenanigans.

Step 1 is actually the hardest part, because unless you see the offending account yourself (or someone who knows you sees it) the scammer can theoretically get away with it forever.

I only found out because one of my followers messaged me (reason #2 to check your outer-inbox) to tell me that she’d seen an account using my photos. The scammer’s mistake was following someone who follows me and is familiar with my account.

Shoutout to @code.it for having my back

Step 2: Investigate

Naturally, my first inclination was to check what this account was actually doing. The photo choices seemed pretty innocuous and a little random. It seemed that most of them had been posted in the past 24 hours, so even if someone was trying to do something sketchy they didn’t have much time to do anything.

I thought it was weird that the account hijacked my lifestyle-y photos (versus the computer ones which on average are much more successful). Honestly I didn’t really care until I got to a post that was a picture of me and my step-grandfather together, with a caption that was obviously someone trying to pass the photo off as their own.

That was the point at which I opened my web browser and started Googling.

Step 3: Report them through Instagram’s Formal Process

A simple Google search sent me to Instagram’s help page regarding impersonation. I did it all on my mobile phone in my work parking-lot (so that should tell you how easy it is).

Note: You can only file a report if it’s your account or your child’s account (or someone whom you are the guardian to)

This is the information they’ll need:

  • Full Name
  • Email Address
  • The full name listed on the account that you’re reporting (this means YOUR account, I spent a while trying to figure this one out)
  • The name of the reporting account (once again, this is YOUR account)
  • A legal form of identification with the address/id numbers blacked out (such as driver’s license or passport)
  • The reported account name (the person impersonating you)
  • A description of what’s going on (I personally included the photo of my grandfather and I from both my account and the impersonator’s account and said “I think this person is intending to mislead people based on this caption”)

Step 4: Wait

They got back to me within 24 hours with a very simple confirmation email saying that the account had been taken down. When I went to look for the account it was nowhere to be found, so I’m satisfied that it’s no longer in existence.

 

If someone’s impersonating you, follow the link here to fill out Instagram’s form

TL;DR

You may never find out exactly why someone’s created the account, but the hardest part of getting rid of an impersonation is finding it in the first place. Once you’ve identified the account, the process of reporting it is short and sweet. Thank God for some things being simple on the internet.

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