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Backup Your Social Networking Site (Facebook,Tweeter,LinkedIn,Flickr) Data

You and I live out a large part of our lives in Social Networking websites be it on Facebook or twitter. We share images, updates our thoughts and important moments with our friends and family. In short these sites are now a part of our daily lives. All of this important data is beyond our reach and therefore it becomes important for us to have some safety measures in place. In this post I will share some methods and tools which will help you to backup your vital data.

Backup Your Facebook Account Information

You don’t need any tool to backup your Facebook data, Facebook allows you to back up all your data without using any third party application. Login to your Facebook account and go to Account > Account Settings using the top right menu.

Go to the account settings and scroll down a bit, you’ll find a link which says “Download a copy of your Facebook data”. Once you click on it, Facebook will tell you what the backup will contain. Backup includes your photos, wall posts, messages and chats. To begin the process click on “Start My Archive”. After completion you will receive an email when your archive is ready for download. You will receive an HTML version of your account. Make sure you save this data carefully on our system.

Backup Your Twitter Account

Twitter always deletes your old tweets and you lose majority of your tweets. Only 3,200 of your recent tweets are available online. You can’t afford to lose them because you crafted these tweets on your own. You don’t need to worry about losing your tweets because there are many services such as http://backupmytweets.com and http://tweetbackup.com which will help you to save all your tweets on your system.

Backup Your LinkedIn Information

LinkedIn is a vital source for building professional connections because they might be excellent resources in the future. All this information is residing on a website over which you have no control. Therefore you should periodically exports and save your connections.

Here are some steps that will help you in exporting your LinkedIn Information.

  • First of all sign into your LinkedIn Account
  • Click on “Contacts” link located at the top left of the page.
  • You will see a list of your connections.

  • At the bottom of this list you will see a link to “Export Connections”. Click on it and select the file type in which you’d like to save this information.
  • Now save this file on your computer.

Backup Your Flickr Photos

Flickr is one of the best and largest photo sharing website. This website let you upload photos for free and provides a good control over who does or does not see the pics that you’re uploading.

Flickr has an awesome community which gives a plenty of resources in finding our perfect photo. All of the features are just great but one thing that is still lacking is to let users take a backup of their Flickr Photos from the site itself.

There are many third party tools available that will help you to take backup of your images. Here are such two great tools available.


Flump is a simple application that allows you to download all of the public photos for a specific Flickr account.This application doesn’t provide you with an option to download particular images. Login using your Flickr account and select the folder you want to download your pics to.

Flickr Edit

Flickr Edit is Java based desktop application that allows you to display and edit your photos in different ways. It allows you to download or upload your photos to and from Flickr.

Here are some features of Flickr Edit.

  • Display your Recent, Favorites, Contacts and Group photos
  • Search photos based on date and tag
  • Backup your Flickr Photos and Sets
  • Upload new photos to Flickr
  • Edit Photo and Set info, add comments to Photos and Sets
  • Delete photos or Sets
  • View a photo or selected photos slideshow
  • Switch between multiple Flickr users

Hope you liked this post. Please do share how you guys manage your data on Social Networking websites. Do you backup your data periodically or just let these sites manage all your data?

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