20 Tools to Backup Your Social Media Content
By now we are all aware that backing up our computer data is extremely important. Every business, consumer, and organization needs to protect its information from potential loss. Whatever the files are (photos, videos, archived school projects, client data, or even financial data), if the data is important, back it up to ensure you are covered. I won’t go into the reasons you should back up your data but here are a few statistics that I found interesting:
- According to a recent study by Seagate, 54% of people know at least one person who has lost data due to a power outage, natural disaster, or simple hardware failure.
- Only 10% back up their data daily, while 25 percent never do.
- 44% of all data loss is due to hardware or system malfunctions.
PinBackUp: A new up and coming tool that promises to “create backup of your Pinterest Pins in seconds!”. It’s not fully open to the public yet but you can sign up to be notified when it does.
Pin4Ever: Pin4Ever is a web browser designed to work with Pinterest and offers both free and paid accounts.
PinDown: Added to CNET as of Dec. 1, 2012, PinDown allows you to download many pictures at once from Pinterest.com. This allows you to backup your collection of Pins or download some of them and use for presentation, email, etc. For only $.99 from iTunes it seems like a great tool to try!
ArchiveFacebook: A Firefox add-on that allows you to save content from your Facebook account — including photos, messages, activity stream, friends list, notes, events and groups — directly to your hard drive.
SOS Online Backup: Free to backup your friends data, photos, contact information, and status updates for up to 5 GB. Access them at any time and anywhere and even download a copy when you’re offline.
Facebook.com: The official way to download an archived copy of your personal Facebook profile. Log into Facebook.com/Settings and click on the link “Download a copy” of your Facebook data. Facebook will e-mail you the archived copy of your profile data when it is ready.
Instaport: A simple and Free way to export all your Instagram photos to other social services or hard drive.
Copygram: Allows you to easily download all your Instagram photos into one .zip file for free.
Google Services (G+, YouTube, Picasa, Drive, Contacts, Etc.)
Google Takeout: The official way from Google to download an archived log of your data from its major services.
Backup Tube for YouTube: Lets you backup all videos in a YouTube channel by providing the ID of the user you wish to backup.
YouTube BackUp: Currently in Beta, this free tool backs up your Youtube Favorites, Playlists, Subscriptions and other videos.
WordPress Website and Blog
WordPress Backups: The official documentation from WordPress outlining how to backup your WordPress database. If you are not a techie this might not be the best solution. But don’t fear, the options listed below will should help!
BackupWordPress Plugin: Rated 4.2/5 stars, this plugin backups your WordPress site and blog, allows for scheduling and e-mailing you the files. Very cool, indeed.
WordPress Backup to WordPress: Rated 3.9/5 stars, this plugin backups your WordPress site to your DropBox account on a regular basis. Note: You’ll need a DropBox account with enough storage space. For more details on DropBox visit their pricing page.
BackupMyTweets: A service that provides daily tweet backups and allows you to view all of your tweets on one web page, or download in HTML, XML or JSON.
TweetBackup: A tool to export and backup your tweets and friends list.
Linkedin.com: Other than Socialware Sync and SocialSafe, two paid social media backup tools, the official way to backup your LinkedIn profile, business page, and contacts is doing a manual backup through the site itself. Read this handy guide on how to backup your LinkedIn account manually.
Paid All-In-One Social Media Backup Tools
Backupify: Automatic, secure backup of your data on sites including Twitter, Facebook, WordPress, Delicious, Flickr, Google Docs and others using Amazon S3.
Socialware Sync: A social archive for Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn that includes search capability and activity statistics.
SocialSafe: A tool to backup your Facebook, Facebook Business Pages, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, Google+ and Viadeo accounts. Download the 60 day free trial to test it out but be careful to purchase the correct license package as 1 account = 1 license.
Do you backup your social media accounts? What do you use? Have you ever needed to restore or recreate your profiles using your backed up data? I’d love to hear your thoughts! Please comment below.
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