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What was your experience with BuiltWith?

We are thinking of getting an account on BuiltWith to get insights into usage of tools and libraries on the web. If you have used it, would you recommend it / suggest alternatives?

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shoaibgm_khan's avatar
almost 3 years ago
Decided to take the plunge

We decided to give it a shot and it's been pretty good. It's quite useful as a discovery platform to get an understanding of how and how much a tool is being used.

It's good so far, will add additional info during stages of our project :)

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@maguay (replying to @shoaibgm_khan )
almost 3 years ago

Are you using it to research companies who might use the product you're building?

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@shoaibgm_khan (replying to @maguay )
almost 3 years ago

We've identified tools that can serve as proxies to identify the need for the product we are building and to also help us identify potential users. With the list we've got we're working backwards to build a data stream for existing data we are getting, along with new data as it comes in.

A few people I've checked with use the data primarily to generate leads by checking on competitors, however the data does not help individually identify leads with identifiable info.

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@maguay (replying to @shoaibgm_khan )
almost 3 years ago

Ah, super cool! Seems like something you could cross-reference with Clearbit to find people at the relevant companies to pitch.

Can't wait to hear more about what you're building!

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@shoaibgm_khan (replying to @maguay )
almost 3 years ago

Yes! I had the exact same thought of matching it with Clearbit. Will get to that once we're done completing our data stream.

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@iight_com (replying to @shoaibgm_khan )
almost 3 years ago

We use NerdyData.com - far more accurate, and can be used to search for code in addition to specific libraries. Price is also lower.

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ezramechaber's avatar
almost 3 years ago
Using Wappalyzer for one-offs

I really like https://www.wappalyzer.com/ for a quick, easy look-up of what a given site appears to be using. It's far from perfect, but gives me quick insight at least into the customer-facing marketing stack.

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@maguay (replying to @ezramechaber )
almost 3 years ago

Do you get more data from it than their preview on the website shows (which fwiw is correct on Capiche but doesn't show everything we're using)?

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@Dragos__ (replying to @maguay )
almost 3 years ago

Wappalyzer and Whatruns generally show you less than what BuiltWith does, but it's more than enough for an overview (unless you want to keep tabs on your competitors).

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@maguay (replying to @Dragos__ )
almost 3 years ago

Very cool, and that makes sense.

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@ezramechaber (replying to @maguay )
almost 3 years ago

That's about all I use it for on quick lookups. It's obviously not complete (especially when a login-based site comes into play) but if I'm looking for something that's obviously marketing-facing, I can usually find all the data I need.

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