Download Your Information from Facebook

Living Outside the Stacks on FacebookHmmm…. It seems that I’m on an online security~privacy kick this week, but I promise I’ll be up to my usual insanity soon (I even promise to dip back into my bag of tricks and share some hidden gems with you).  But first, let’s make sure that your privacy is protected, even if my life is being lived all over the interwebs (not really but if I don’t put myself out there as a supastar, would you listen to me?).

Anyway, Facebook has been getting into a lot of trouble over privacy issues (y’all know you were peeved when they rolled out Facebook Places, even though half of y’all are on Foursquare).  But they have a way of not promoting themselves when they do something well, like allowing users to download all of their information previously shared on the site.  And when I say everything, I mean everything ~ pictures, messages, friends, videos, etc.  Why would you want to download all of that stuff?  So you have a record of what’s out there.  Who can remember what they posted on Facebook a year ago today?  Please, I can barely remember what I posted on there yesterday.  So this is a good way to go back and check yourself.

To download your information:

  • Log onto Facebook (yeah, some people still need to be told that)
  • Go to Account
  • Select Account Settings
  • Scroll down until you see Download Your Information
  • Select Download

It took about 20 minutes for me to receive the email letting me know that my download was available.  And I have to say this, given people’s concerns over privacy issues with Facebook, they stress numerous times that the download contains sensitive information so PROTECT IT AT ALL COST!

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