Social Media Backup Tools

There are people that backup and people that don’t. I’m cool with that. This isn’t a post about the merits of backing up your hard drive…but for those of us that do, we might also want to consider how we can back up all the content we’re publishing on the various social networks. What if everything you posted to Facebook or Twitter or LinkedIn just vanished? Accounts get mysteriously deleted, hacked or suspended or whatever. It can happen, I’m just sayin’. So…what to do?

Here are a few social media backup solutions you might like to check out. Some free, some not. I use one or two of these myself. You may find, as I did, that the search functionality they offer is reason enough to set up an account.

Backupify

Backupify provides daily automatic backups, archiving and export for all your social media and SaaS (Software As A Service) data. You’ll get regular emails confirming when your backups have completed. They have a free basic plan or paid plans for more robust needs.

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Here’s a look at backupify’s archive dashboard for Twitter:

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Socialware Sync

Socialware Sync provides “marketing departments, power users and socially-enabled businesses” with “enterprise-class archiving.” Sounds good to me. I’m in. Here’s what I have with Socialware Sync: a 30-day free trial for backup/archiving support for Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter. This solution has some pretty cool search functionality if you’re into that sort of thing. You can search a term across all three of your profiles just by entering it into the search box. Easy breezy. Not sure if it’s worth the price of admission for an individual…but for a large organization I would think it would be rather handy in managing and monitoring multiple accounts.

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Here’s a look at the Socialware Sync search dashboard. You can see where you enter the search term in the upper right and that you can select the profiles you wish to search with a little check box.

Need more basic backup for a single social profile?

Maybe you only want to focus your backup efforts on a single network. That’s cool, too. I’m not here to judge. There’s a few solutions I came across, but — disclaimer — I don’t use any of them because I prefer having one solution that covers multiple profiles. But that’s just me. Different strokes for different folks, right? That said, here are a few you might want to check out.

Back Up My Tweets

BackupMyTweets.com provides more control over your Twitter account. They also offer like-solutions for email, blogs and pictures (BackupMyMail, BackupMyBlog, BackupMyPics).

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Tweet Backup

Tweetbackup.com provides a free, daily backup of your Twitter account.

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Tweetake

Tweetake.com allows you to backup your Twitter account without revealing your name and password.

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SocialSafe (For Facebook Backup)

SocialSafe will backup your Facebook Friends, photos, profile and wall status updates to your computer for a modest (one-time?) fee. I looked for the language “one-time” fee, but couldn’t find it. It seems to be a one-time license fee of $2.99 USD, but call me needy for wishing the copy were a bit more clear on this point. I actually had to click on “Buy” in order to satisfy my curiosity on this pricing issue. Perhaps that was the strategy, or maybe I’m just slower than most, or just very used to monthly fee plans. Halfway down the FAQ page, they mention that there might be an upgrade fee for a major version update. Really, we’re talking about a very reasonable fee here, I just was a little frustrated at how much time I had to spend to find all those pricing details as I’m trained, like most, to look for the fine print in today’s disclaimer culture. Would have been easier if that messaging were more clear on the homepage, IMHO.

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ArchiveFacebook

ArchiveFacebook is a free Mozilla Firefox add-on tool that allows you to “save content from your Facebook account directly to your hard drive” so you can archive your photos, messages, activity stream, friends list, notes, events and groups. But you need to be using Firefox. If you’re using Internet Explorer (IE) or some other browser, you can’t use this cool add-on or any of the other supercool add-ons and plugins that the Firefox browser supports. (See that? I refrained from launching into a whole spiel on why I think Firefox is superior to IE. I’m maturing, I guess. To show just how objective I have become on the subject of browsers, I offer you this little test to see which browser is right for you.)

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Want More Backup Solutions?

Get your Google on, friends. There’s a few out there for Flickr (Downloadr and FlickrEdit, for example) and I’m sure for other major networks. If you’re blogging, you naturally will need a backup solution there, as well. Make that priority one. If you’re looking for off-site backup storage, there’s a few “cloud storage” solutions, like Lifestream Backup, Mozy and Memopal that might be worth checking into.

Bottom line?

If you’re living a digital life, probably worth leveraging the digital tools to back it up, eh? No pressure. Just something to think about.

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17 Responses to “Social Media Backup Tools”

  1. Kelly Monroe Says:

    Definitely something to think about for those of us in IT. As an IT consultant I am fully aware that IT management is struggling with whether social media is productive or obstructive for companies and their employees. Software is being developed and policy and restrictions are being decided everyday by IT managers. The security of company networks are at stake but the potential for innovation using social media is a large enough carrot for the discussion of how to properly utilize the medium continues. Palo Alto networks came up with an webinar, http://bit.ly/cR80Al, that should be interesting exploring the issues surrounding social media in the workplace. It is important to not only understand the immediate benefits of doing business how one lives, but the threat it presents to a company’s greater ROI and productivity when it comes to the server’s safety and security.

  2. Rob Berman Says:

    Neat ideas for backing up data. Especially helpful that you gave some screen shots.

    Rob

  3. Shannon Says:

    One more that you missed is Silentale http://silentale.com which backups up your emails, contacts and messages from Facebook & Twitter, but with a twist. It consolidates them in an accessible archive that you can search, and use as a CRM tool to see all your conversations with someone across communication services (more to come). We’d love for you to try it out, and you can lock in as many services as you want before June 14th. Disclaimer: I’m part of the Silentale team.

  4. Renee Lemley Says:

    Thanks! Will check it out. :)

  5. Renee Lemley Says:

    Thanks, Rob.

  6. Nilesh Says:

    I’m just seeing this post for the first time. Thank you so much for mentioning me. What a great feeling. Thanks again!

  7. Sylvie Cajelait Says:

    You know what? I never thought about back ups for my «social media life». This post is a real wake up call for me. Thanks a lot.

  8. Renee Lemley Says:

    You’re welcome, Sylvie. Thanks for stopping by.
    -Renee

  9. sulzporemp Says:

    “You can see where you enter the search term in the upper right and that you can select the profiles you wish to search with a little check box.”
    How much is it true?

  10. Renee Lemley Says:

    sulzporemp,
    It should say “upper left” not “upper right”…thanks for the catch.
    :)
    -Renee

  11. RMG SEO Says:

    What a great idea these back up programs are! I especially like the functionality of the backupify platform. As some others have noted, backing up your social media is not something most of us consider, but your right in that it is something that if lost would grately impact us, so why not! better to be safe than sorry these days, Thanks for making me aware of this.

  12. brindes Says:

    Theres also some “backup” sites for Youtube like Youtube Downloader or Free Youtube Download, they are great for who wants to download youtube videos and save it on the computer.

    Btw, Backupfy that you just recommended is great, starting to use it already :)

    Thanks ;)

  13. Steve Says:

    This is great idea. I especially like the functionality of the backup platform. As some others have noted, backing up your social media is not something most of us consider, but your right in that it is something that if lost would greatly impact you. Thank you for the idea.

  14. John Irving Says:

    A new similar service is http://www.nuffly.com. I especially like that it saves your social stuff in your dropbox account. This way you have a double back-up.

  15. Renee Lemley Says:

    John,
    I’m a big fan of dropbox. Thanks for the link!
    -Renee

  16. Christine Says:

    Such a great tool. Thanks a lot.

  17. Darren Says:

    Thanks for sharing. I’ve been looking for a social backup tools for a while.


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