We need a program built to search MySpace bands and harvest their data. MySpace has made some changes recently and so it must be compatible with these changes. The purpose of this program will be to search by location, and harvest all the bands in that area. The program must be based on the US version of MySpace.
Searching is done by city, so we need to be able to search by both zip code and also by state. Within each search, we need to be able to select the genre, and search radius (if search is by zip). For each search the program must collect the band name, the band URL, the bands listed genres, the city and the last login date.
The program needs to have the ability to find all bands in the area, not just the top bands. Previously it was possible to use the MySpace website itself to search for bands by location, but this no longer appear to be the case. Part of this project will be to figure out the best way to search and collect the bands. Google or some other search engine may be an option if the right search parameters were set up.
Once the bands are collected for a given search, it needs to be able to export the data into an excel file.
The stability of the program is important. Either a desktop application, or a web based application is fine, whatever you believe is easiest and most effective. We also are looking for someone who will be available to help us with updates as MySpace periodically makes changes that may affect the workings of the program. If you are interested please bid and we can further discuss the details.