Facebook Allows Users to Download All of Their Information

Facebook announced a new product that will allow users to download their information stored on the social network and create a local copy of it.

The new product, called Download Your Information, is built on top of Facebook’s Graph application programming interface and includes wall posts, photos and status updates among other types of content. It creates a compressed ZIP file.

“You really will have a copy of all your information in one place,” said David Recordon, Facebook’s senior open programs manager. “We built this product as something that’s useful for people, not for other developers.”

In doing so, the company is addressing a long-held criticism of its control over the social graph. While the company let third-party developers access user data temporarily, it stopped short of letting users create a permanent copy of their information. The risk was that users could take their information and potentially migrate to another service. Perhaps now the company feels that its market power is significant enough that such a product no longer threatens its dominance and is in the interest of its users.

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17 Responses to “Facebook Allows Users to Download All of Their Information”

  1. Bill Hartzer says:

    So, if I can now download all of my Facebook information can I then put it up on my own website so Google can crawl it?

  2. ROdMan says:

    There is also another pretty cool feature. It is an extension of Facebook Lists. Its FB Groups. Its like a facebook community inside of facebook lol.

    This article on Tweak Your Life.com made a great point…

    I will probably be using this more. As I am in a bunch of groups in real life. I am not sure though if it will be an easy transition though from the fb we knw now

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  4. Guest says:

    Really? BS. I’ve got wall posts going back to 2005, yet the damn things don’t show up after they did their stupid revamp. If they can’t even show me messages from that far back, then I have no faith in any of their other programming feats. Their engineers are true idiots.

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  8. Frank Reed says:

    Classic facebook in making the announcement then not providing the option to everyone right away. When will I be able to actually do this?

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    To download video from a site facebook.com I use service takeyoutube.com

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