But to get those features, Facebook kept: — Location info of all my contacts. If you previously started a new file and want to add to it, click Available Files instead, and Facebook searches your computer for the previous backup. The fact that all of these were photos of Halloween pumpkins doesn't inspire confidence. After a few more clicks, I found out which advertisers had my info. Friends and Not-Friends Clicking the Friends link got me a list of all my Facebook friends, sorted from newest to oldest. It wasn't immediately clear how I could purge this data from Facebook's memory but by going I was able to select contacts to remove.
Users of some Android devices were startled to find that — when, to whom, and how long. Networks Networks affiliations with schools or workplaces that you belong to on Facebook. I went all-out, choosing the option to totally disable the sharing platform. Here are the steps to download your Facebook data. Every time you click an ad, that's another data point for your profile.
Facial Recognition Data A unique number based on a comparison of the photos you're tagged in. Others have me head-scratching, things like water, landform, watermelon, and Order of Interbeing what? But before taking the big step, you should get hold of the data Facebook has stored over the years you been on the platform and take a look at what the company knows about you. In my view, Facebook could handle this a lot better. A seemingly endless list of entries reports, in painful detail, on events like Session updated these are the vast majority, for me , Web Session Terminated, and Login. This page starts with a confusing list of Active Sessions. When the email arrives, click the link it provides. As with photos in your handcrafted folders, these display the non-useful camera data, followed by any comments.
Most are text based, and thus, tiny files. I ran into real surprises, some positive, some negative, some just…surprising. Security Overload I figured that clicking Security would show my Facebook Security settings, perhaps with a history of changes. Chat A history of the conversations you've had on Facebook Chat a complete history is available directly from your messages inbox. Emails Email addresses added to your account even those you may have removed. Activity Log: This is what you check out when you want to backtrack on your steps in the site.
This includes information about when you logged into Facebook and what device you logged in from, what ads you click, topics that Facebook has identified you as being interested in for the purposes of targeting ads toward you, conversation history, places you've checked in to, and much, much more. It was a welcome reminder that my actual social network runs deep, that these relationships, however dispersed, are the realest things I have going. To download your Facebook account data is quite an easy task. Photos Metadata Any metadata that is transmitted with your uploaded photos. I don't see a lot of value in this list, but it seems harmless.
The list even includes entries for people no longer living, some of them deceased before I ever joined Facebook. If you haven't yet done it, scroll back to the top of this article and follow the instructions to download your own archive. I wondered, full of remorse. The data download was a time capsule of sorts, a rare record of time spent digitally. The downloaded zip file contains all the data up to the moment before you started the download process. Maybe that's not so bad, but I was surprised.
Mine are very, very random, including fiddlehead ferns Who sells fiddlehead ferns through Facebook ads? You may do so by clicking on the gear icon on the top-right corner of the screen and going to Account Settings. When I launched one of those, I found that the sound worked fine, but the video itself just showed shifting bands of color. You can do this in the Facebook app. There's no way to tell if a given name or group leads to an actual conversation. It allows users to access extensive archives of their own content, delivered by Zip file, giving a nod to demands for greater corporate transparency and helping the company satisfy in the European Union.
Jefferson Graham reports on Talking Tech. For the first time in my experience, Facebook lived up to its marketing materials: In providing a way off the platform, it had fostered a human connection. Wait for roughly 12 hours to receive an email from Facebook with the subject line Your Facebook Download is Ready. At least, they say it's everything… Well, it's fairly easy. Date of Birth The date you added to Birthday in the About section of your timeline. But after a while, I no longer felt spied on.
But now that Facebook has made it so easy to download everything the social network has about me, I went ahead with that process. But is it that easy? Small-Screen Video Clicking Videos, as expected, gets a list of all the videos you've posted, from newest to oldest, with a 284 by 160 pixel thumbnail. When you click through to the individual photos, you don't see the dates, unless the photo itself has comments. Unlike downloading, this process is quick, and you can see the information right away. Click the Start My Archive link.