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Your Facebook Identity Zipped Up

29 Oct

So far I’ve received some excellent feedback on this project. Some of you posted comments right on the website, though most of you have emailed me personally to share your thoughts. One comment I heard from many people was that they’d love to contribute, yet they didn’t have any “interesting” recent statuses or tweets. Because of that, they weren’t planning on submitting.

Now, I understand where they are coming from… I mean, all the posts on my Facebook page from now back to the beginning of September are about:

  1. This project
  2. The Defining Moments Series on my personal blog
  3. Teasers prior to the announcement of this project
  4. Birthday wishes to me.

Those don’t necessarily make for the most interesting stories. Fret not, my good friends, because there are options. Did you know you can download ALL of your personal Facebook data? It is actually quite easy too. Here is what you can do to claim all your Facebook information:

  1. Sign into Facebook
  2. Go to your Account Settings. I’m pretty sure I found mine in the top right hand corner of the screen.
  3. Click on the blue link at the bottom that says “Download Your Information”
  4. From here you can learn more about the process. Pretty much what happens is that you agree to have FB collect all your information, and understand that it will be sent to you via a secure email to the email account associated with your Facebook account. It warns you that it could possible take a while, so be patient!
  5. Click “Download” and that is it my friends! Now, you just sit back relax and wait for the email containing your online identity.


It took me a couple of hours to get my download. Oh, and the download was huge. It was worth the wait; I was amazed to read my statuses from 6+ years ago and see how much has changed in my life. If you have any questions at all, send me an email or leave a comment.

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