How to download and archive your social media memories

Every day, we throw tons of content online, in photos and emails and fleeting thoughts, but we don’t always back it up somewhere else.

Part of this is because we trust the cloud as something constant — something too big to fail. After all, it’s not breakable like our laptops and smartphones.

It’s worth noting which social networking sites have a backup service. Starting with Facebook in 2010 and followed by Google and Twitter in 2011 and 2012, big social networks began including native archive tools that let you download a .zip file of everything you’ve ever posted with the click of a button.

Google, Facebook, Twitter, and MySpace all have very different takes on what to include and how to present your archive.

Click here for a quick overview of how to download them, and the best and worst of what you’ll find inside.

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