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Author Topic: Targeted Web clipping or scraping and formatting  (Read 1805 times)


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Targeted Web clipping or scraping and formatting
« on: February 12, 2020, 05:33 PM »

What is the best way to automate the collection of specific data, ie contact information, when visiting a webpage?  Years ago I used to methodically copy or enter the  person/company’s  name, address, web url telephone number and email and notes into a contact manager or address book. More recently, I have simply saved a copy of their contact page.  I can link to the saved page, tag it, and or search for it.  This works,- but it is a little chaotic.   

It occurred to me that maybe it would be possible for  Clipboard Help + Spell to identify different types of text strings and sort them neatly into their categories based on the attributes of the text.  A ".com", ".org" etc would indicate that text strig is part of a web url.  An "@" sign would indicate an email address or an Instagram etc.

It would be great to be able to pull
Facebook Page
Instagram (more and more businesses are on instagram)
A description
page url

It seems like an easier way to identify what text is what would be using the page coding. 
I have looked into some Customer Relationship Managers CRMs to see if they offer a way to pull contact information into their systems and I have not found anything yet.  I have also looked into web scraping tools, but most seem to target an entire site.  I would like to indicate a page and pull the information I want.

Any ideas?