How To Download Your Information From Facebook

One feature strangely absent form Facebook has always been the ability to download your pictures, videos, messages and other information to your hard drive. Today, Facebook begins rolling out this feature to all users.

Once the feature rolls out to your account, all you need to do is head to Account > Account Settings > Download Your Information. From there, you can download a zip file containing all your profile information, including your photos, wall posts, messages, videos, friend lists and other content. If you unzip the file, you can actually view a simple HTML page of your profile, with simple links to all of these things. It doesn't look like there's currently any way to re-import that information into Facebook — say, if you were taking a little break from the service — but it's handy to have nonetheless, especially if you have important information in those posts you want to come back to later.

Hit the link to read more on this new feature as well as the other changes Facebook announced today.

Giving You More Control [The Facebook Blog]


Comments

    (short disclaimer - I created the app mentioned in this post)

    I bet people who download this data will take a look at it maybe once and then never again. It might be a bit comforting to have a copy, but I think it's much more interesting to download this data and then create interesting views and interactions with it that aren't done on Facebook. Things such as different groupings of the content like status updates only, or all items for a given month (including messages) - or statistics such as top 10 commentors or the wall post with the most comments, etc. Or maybe you just want to keep certain things from your Facebook history and not others. We put together an iPad app to do this and more - called SliceBook which just got posted last week. It's much more interesting to actually DO something with the downloaded data than just a backup.

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