People often worry that the social network (and, therefore, someone else) knows too much about them. The best way to find out what is already in the public domain about you is to download your personal archive and see what is in it.
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To do this on Mark Zuckerberg’s network, follow the path: Profile and Label Settings → Your information on Facebook and select Download information… Or just follow this link.
It will include:
– publications, photos and videos that you have shared;
– your messages and correspondence in the Chat;
– data from the “Information” section of your profile;
– other: status history, active sessions, clicks on advertisements, address, subject of advertisements, alternative account names (nicknames, maiden name, etc.), added applications, places where you left marks, users who showed on any activity towards you, credit card number, deleted friends, events (and those where you were called, but you did not go, and those that you visited), favorite quotes, and the like.
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Depending on how active your Facebook life has been, it may take a different amount of time to build an archive. For some, this happens immediately, while others will have to wait a few minutes.
You don’t have to follow this process – when everything is ready, Facebook will send a notification by email.
You will be prompted to follow the link, click on the inscription Download in the tab Available files along the way: Profile and tag settings → Your Facebook info. For security purposes, you must enter your account password.
The data will be sent as a .zip archive. Unzip it and go to the folder. There you will find a bunch of file folders inside.
Strictly speaking, we do not need them – just open the file called index.html, and we find ourselves in a web interface that is more convenient for navigation through the archive. By itself, the “index” already provides a lot of information about you, including the date of registration on Facebook, status in relationships (including with exes), information about family, education and work – all this you once indicated in the appropriate fields.
The left column contains links to other sections:
- Contact Information;
- Timeline (user activity feed);
- Photo (IP-address is shown additionally);
- Synchronized photos;
- Ads (advertising);
- Mobile devices;
- Places Created
- Answers to polls.
A few minutes of nostalgia are guaranteed for you – so, when viewing the section Contact Information I saw my very first e-mail address and a long-forgotten number in ICQ. Of particular interest is the section on events – both attended and ignored by you. And the section about who and when you winked … 🙂
A little life hack: to see the friends you have deleted, select the Friends section and scroll down to Deleted Friends… Again, interesting (albeit perhaps not always pleasant) memories are provided to you. But you can’t find out who removed you from friends – Facebook prefers not to share such information.
As for advertising, Facebook displays in the corresponding section both what you clicked on and what you might be interested in.
Have you downloaded your Facebook archive? How are your impressions?