Social Media and your data

Everyday we sign up to new websites and give them our information. Most of the time we forget who we gave data to. I always try to track who I give my details to but this doesn’t always work.

The biggest places we give out data to is social media sites. They store a vast amount of data on us.

Lets take a look at how we get to it:

social media and your data
facbook and your social media data

How to download your Facebook Social Media Data

You can download you information from your settings page on Facebook. To download you information take the following steps.

Step 1 –

Look at the blue bar at the top of the web browser. You will see on the far right a little dark blue arrow pointing down. Click it and when the menu appears select Settings.

Step 2 –

On the General Account settings screen you will see a table with you information. At the bottom of this table you will see Download a copy of your Facebook Data

Step 3 – 

Clicking that link will take you to the Archive page. Click Start My archive. You will be prompted to enter your password for Security reasons.

Once you have enter your password it will display a confirmation and will show an email address that will receive an email once you data is ready to download.

twitter social media and your data

How to download your Twitter Social Media Data

Step 1 –

Go to your account settings. You can do this by clicking your profile icon at the top right of the page and then from the drop-down menu selecting Settings.

Step 3 –

Once the main Account setting page scroll down and you will see and button that says Request your archive. Click this button and a confirmation box will appear that says an email will be sent once the archive is ready.

Step 4 –

Once you receive this email from twitter click the link in the email to download your information. You will be asked to Login to your twitter account associated with the data. Once logged in this will show a .zip file which you can download to your computer.

Step 5 –

Once downloaded unzip the file and click index.html to view your archive.

instagram social media and your data

How to download your Twitter Social Media Data

Instagram currently doesn’t provide a way in which you can archive and download your information. Luckily there is a service called Instaport by that can help.

If you visit Instaport and enter your Instagram name into the box it will take you to a page that lists all your posts. From here you can either select the posts you want to download or hit the Download All Posts button.  Depending on how many posts you have this can take sometime.

The only downside to all of this though is this only downloads your photos not the written text you had on the post. There currently isn’t a way to do this.

google plus and your social media data

How to download your Google Plus Social Media Data

Like Facebook and Instagram, Google Plus makes it really easy to download your information using a tool called Takeout. Get your information using Takeout using these simple steps.

Step 1 –

Head over to the google too Takeout. If you are not logged in to your Google account you will have to login. Once logged in you will see a screen that lists all the google products.

Step 2 –

Select the products you would like to create an archive for. For the Purpose of this guide and to make life easy just keep all boxes selected.

Step 3 –

Once you have selected the Data to archive scroll to the bottom of the page and click the blue Next button.

Step 4 –

You will now see options to customize the archive. For ease of being able to view the archive once downloaded use the following settings

  • File type – .zip
  • Archive Size – 4GB (Reduce to 2GB if you have a slower internet connection).
  • Delivery Method – Send download link via email.


Once you have selected your options click the Create Archive button at the bottom of the screen. If you selected Send download link via email you will receive an email once it is ready to download. This can take while depending on how much data Google holds.

Important Note

You must remember that once you have downloaded your data to your own computer that you need to make sure you keep it safe so that not everyone can just access your archives.

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