Author Bio: Ashley is a technology lover who always ensures his social media profiles are backed up 100%. Ashley also manages his own website, and takes advantage of managed VPS hosting from his provider to ensure all of his important website data and information is backed up on a daily basis.
Social media plays a huge role in the lives of many of us. For some, our social media activities even outweigh our ‘real’ social life. Those of us who do engage in social media tend to have more than one account.Why stick just to Twitter, for example, when you can hook up with your family, friends, and others via Facebook and Pinterest, as well as using LinkedIn to keep up with your professional contacts.
The thing many don’t consider, however, is how they can back-up their social accounts. Look around the internet, there are thousands of stories of people – everyday, average Joes, like you – who get hacked or suddenly have their account closed down for no apparent reason. In these instances, the last thing you probably want to do is then spend the time rebuilding your account with personal information, bio sections, photographs, and everything else.
If you back-up your social media accounts, if the worst does happen, you’ll be quickly in a position to move forward. Here are the steps you can take with the popular social networks to ensure you’re accounts are backed up.
Facebook offers an easy way to back up data; simply go into the account settings and download a copy of your data.
The problem with this option is that it only saves your profile information, although you do have the option of whether you only want top-line information or something more in-depth, which is actually quite fun for finding out how Facebook decided you were relevant to be targeted with certain annoying ads!
You can back-up your posts, likes, and comments, but to do that you’ll need to use a service such as Backupify. Such services are usually free for the first two or three accounts, but after that, you have to pay a small fee. If you don’t want to pay, you’ll either need to decide which social networks you wouldn’t mind losing data from, or simply close them down completely.
This is even easier than Facebook; just go into your account settings and request a copy of your archive.
There are also a number of free online services, including TweetBackup, which can help to restore your account should there be any problems.
The great thing about Google is that you can back up everything together, so your Google+ profile and settings, Gmail, and any YouTube videos or web apps can also be saved. The easiest way to do this, and get everything at once, is to go into your account when using Google+ or Gmail, head into your account settings and download your data.
Alternatively, you can use Google Takeout to choose specific data from applications, such as Blogger or Google Docs.
Unfortunately, LinkedIn doesn’t have any on-site options for backing up your account. One way around it might be to hook up your LinkedIn and Twitter accounts, so that your Tweets appear on your LinkedIn timeline. As you’ve backed up Twitter and are doing so regularly, you’ll still have that permanent record.
As for your profile and groups information, copy, paste, and saving into a Word document is probably the best, albeit not ideal, thing to do. Any recommendations and endorsements you lose will have to be earned (or asked for) again, too.
Backing Up Your Social Media Profiles
Don’t fall into the complacent thinking of “it’ll never happen to me,” because the chances are that it will. Instead, take the time to back-up your social media profiles, and should you encounter any problems, you can rest assured they’ll be easy to fix.
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