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Now Download your Facebook data

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Just a few weeks back Facebook rolled out a new feature which allowed users to download their Facebook data – like profile information, images, your wall/wall posts – in short everything that your Facebook profile has. The download takes a few minutes to process and after you request one, a link to download is emailed to your inbox. 

Your data is wrapped in a compressed zip file – and your entire account’s data – profile info, messages, photos, videos, notes, wall including wall posts, friend list and even events attended can be accessed via an index.html file located inside that zip.

Photos are included in the zip but the videos aren’t. Anyway, there is a link under every video which allows you to download the same.

I’m still trying to figure out the “good” part of this feature.

Though I can say about the bad thing. As all the conversations are located in once single .html page, it becomes easier to browse through past messages. Now there is a possibility that you didn’t delete some not so nice messages and BOOM, here you are trying to figure out how to cope up the bad memories that just flown in.

(In-post tip: Always delete things went bad –like conversations.)

The index.html file looks something like this

Another bad thing is, if in case this zip goes in the hands of someone you don’t want, well, disasters can then follow.

Anyway if you’re slightly interested in downloading your data, go to

Account| Account Settings| Click on “learn more” beside the option “Download your information”

Request for your download and you will be emailed a link as soon as the download is ready.

There is one flaw though. My download shows wall posts only until April 1, 2010. I don’t know why but it is so. Ill ask some pals to check with their downloads and will leave an update here. If in case you dig up something here, do fire in a comment.

And on a concluding note, I would like to add – when Facebook launched this feature, they didn’t even bother to do a blog post about the same. Huh, opaque people.


Written by rahulbhagchandani

November 28, 2010 at 11:56 pm

Posted in Facebook

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