Yesterday I logged into my Facebook profile and found the entire timeline was not there. I was immediately in a panic. My facebook profile and timeline is an online journal and scrapbook of my life and includes some very important and sentimental photos and memories. I removed my most recent banner photo and restarted my computer and also submitted two problem tickets to facebook about the issue. After about an hour the timeline miraculously reappeared.
So this morning I thought I would check into the possibility of downloading all of my data to my google drive cloud for safe keeping until I repurpose the information into a secondary site and blog.
This is what I found on the Facebook Help Site:
Accessing Your Facebook Data
Where can I find my Facebook data?
- Your Facebook Account: Most of your data is available to you simply by logging into your account. For example, your Timeline contains posts you have shared on Facebook, along with comments and other interactions from people. Additionally, you can find your message and chat conversations by going to your inbox, or photos and videos you have added or been tagged in by going to those sections of your Timeline.
- Activity Log: Within your account, your activity log is a history of your activity on Facebook, from posts you have commented on or liked, to apps you have used, to anything you have searched for. Learn more.
- Download Your Info: This includes a lot of the same information available to you in your account and activity log, including your Timeline info, posts you have shared, messages, photos and more. Additionally, it includes information that is not available simply by logging into your account, like the ads you have clicked on, data like the IP addresses that are logged when you log into or out of Facebook, and more. To download your information, go to your Settings and click Download a copy of your Facebook data. Learn more.
I have started the download process.
I received this email with an archive link to my data. I am currently downloading the last five years of data. I joined Facebook in February of 2008.
It downloaded an entire folder of my account! It includes an html file, a photo file, an index file and a video file!!
I uploaded it to google drive for an additional storage backup. It contained 1758 files!