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How to Backup and Archive your Facebook


This post deals with one of the topics that I think all users of Facebook struggle with – How to backup their extensive data!

Since in today’s society, half our lives are on Facebook, we of course would love to backup all the chaos that occurs on the site – our pictures, posts, messages, etc.

Luckily, there are several ways of backing up your data – and it’s surprisingly easy once you know where to look.

Some methods require the use of plug-ins for Firefox (http://www.friedbeef.com/how-to-backup-facebook-3-free-data-liberating-tools/), but there is another way to do right through Facebook.

How to backup data directly from Facebook (without plug-ins):

(1) Go to http://www.facebook.com/ – log in with your Username and Password

(2) On the top right of the screen, click on “Account”

At the drop down menu –

(3) Click on “Account Settings”

At the bottom of the screen you’ll see a link that says [“Download a copy” of your Facebook Data]

(4) Click on “Download a copy”

This will bring you to a new screen where you will need to enter your Facebook password.

(5) Confirm your password and click on “Continue”

Now you just have to wait for the archive to arrive in your inbox! :) Simple, huh?!


Hope you found this article useful! If you have another way to backup Facebook data, let me know!

Social Media

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Today’s topic – social media. I found a very interesting article in the Guardian regarding Twitter and Facebook. Guardian Article on Facebook and Twitter

In the article, they mention how a couple of scientists spent a week without access to any other news medium except for Facebook and Twitter. They did this all in an effort to answer the question “Is it possible to stay up to date on the news, with factual data, simply via these 2 sources?” At the end of their experiment, the scientists said it is inconclusive because it is questionable whether Facebook and Twitter can provide accurate data on all news items. Some information is often blown out of proportion by the users who tweet about it. So, readers often get an over-exaggerated version of a news story. The scientists believe that news on TV is still the best way to get accurate data as it is “practical.”

I tend to agree with the scientists. Although Twitter and Facebook spread news faster, we really have to be careful as to how we weigh issues being discussed. People generally have an emotional attachment to news they tweet about and if a story draws us in, it will be spread quicker. However, the news being discussed in mainstream media is generally given weight based on importance in the world.

I say, refer to both, but be cautious. What do you all think and what sources do you rely on?