Saturday, November 6, 2010

Download Your Information


Having a copy of your information — whether that is on Facebook or any other service on the web — is an important part of controlling what you share.

Today while tweaking my settings on Facebook, saw a new link (maybe not so new for some of you) “Download Your Information” in Account Settings.

It is a tool that lets you download a copy of your information, including your photos and videos, posts on your wall, all of your messages, your friend list and other content you have shared on your profile. Within a zip file you will have access to your data in a simple, browseable manner.


After Clicking the Download button… Facebook will sent a confirmation mail at your email id that is registered with the Facebook (the one you use to login in into Facebook).



Its going to take a couple of Hours to generate the Archive……… (Took around an Hour in my case)

“Once you receive the email, you will have to re-enter your password and if you are using a public computer or one you do not use regularly, you may also have to solve a friend photo captcha or an SMS captcha via your mobile phone.”


Just click the link that you got in your Mail from Facebook…. and you’ll be forwarded to the download page… where you have to confirm your Facebook password to start the download…


After confirming your password, the download button appears, that gives information about the ZIP file i.e, the size of the file……


Now, some questions that you might be interested in:

what is included in the file?

Your file will include the following information:

  • Your profile information (e.g., your contact information, interests, groups)
  • Wall posts and content that you and your friends have posted to your profile
  • Photos and videos that you have uploaded to your account
  • Your friend list
  • Notes you have created
  • Events to which you have RSVP’d
  • Your sent and received messages
  • Any comments that you and your friends have made on your Wall posts, photos, and other profile content


What are the benefits of downloading my information from Facebook?

Having a copy of your information — whether that is on Facebook or any other service on the web — is an important part of controlling what you share.
In addition, downloading a copy of your information may come in handy if it only exists on Facebook. For example, you may have lost your mobile phone, which contained many photos you took using that phone. If you had uploaded those photos to Facebook, then downloading your information lets you get copies of them back on to your computer.


“Unfortunately, there is no way to individually select which data you would like to download. You will have to download your file in its entirety.”


Warning: The file that you’ll download contains sensitive information. You should keep it secure and take precautions when storing, sending or uploading it to any other services


Fin :)

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