On Thursday, September 29th, Facebook is scheduled to make one of its biggest announcements in its short history.  If you thought the recent changes to your Facebook page were drastic, you are in for a big surprise.  In anticipation of these changes it is suggested that you download a backup of all your Facebook data and store it in a safe place.If you don’t care about your photos, videos, status updates, etc, then ignore this altogether.

To download your data file follow these simple instructions:

  1. When logged into your account, click on the arrow tab to the right of “Home” and select “Account Settings”
  2. Next, look at the bottom of the page just below “Language” and right above the Facebook Copyright clause.  Click on “Download a copy of your Facebook data.”
  3. Enter Your Password
  4. Wait for Facebook to Email You
  5. When you get the email, click the link to download your file

Super easy.  Depending how long you have been on Facebook your file could be up to a GB in size.  The file includes EVERY single update you have ever made on Facebook. It is like a time capsule and is actually very cool to look through.  What else can you take away from this?  Your digital footprint does not go away.  The things you say and do online, on Facebook, are there forever.

Want to learn more about the upcoming changes?

Mashable Write-up: http://mashable.com/2011/09/22/facebook-timeline-zuckerberg%E2%80%99s-biggest-gamble-yet/

The official F8 Page: https://www.facebook.com/f8

 

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