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Streaming API

Hundreds of millions of new posts are created on VK profiles and communities’ walls monthly. Users share their opinions about everything that surrounds them, from weather to movie premieres. This colossal volume of data includes mentions of goods and services that customers made deal with.

Brands around the world analyze records from social media and consider them as the main source of feedback from their customers. With such an analysis one can evaluate effectiveness of marketing strategy, changes in the perception of the product against the background of a new advertising campaign, and much more.

In addition, such analysis is often necessary for non-commercial research in sociology, psychology and other branches of science.

Today we would like to tell about a new tool that has been created as a solution of this goal. Streaming API allows to "subscribe" to public content updates with the keywords you need. You specify what mentions you need, and Streaming API sends you new posts with them as soon as they appear on the site. One can compare this mechanism to a filter that selects only the necessary data from the entire stream and delivers them to their intended use.


Technically data receiving process is organized via WebSocket protocol. Configuration management is performed using HTTP requests. You can read more about it in the technical documentation.

Unlike existing approach with regular API methods, Streaming API prevents you from making repeated requests. No need to worry that you could miss something, all relevant posts will be delivered to you automatically.

Basic Streaming API version includes 1% of all VK public data. If you need access to the extended Streaming API version that includes 100% of public data, send us a message via api@club-malinka.ru. Please use "Streaming API" as a subject.

We launch Streaming API beta test and invite everyone to participate the projects contest for this tool. Winners will receive valuable prizes and an opportunity to join the VK team. You can find more information in our official community.
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