posted 13 Jan 2011, 00:04 by Jess Maher
updated 13 Jan 2011, 02:04
I wish I had knew more about this topic earlier- my Dad passed away two months ago, as an avid social media user himself he and I actually had a conversation about what he would want to happen to his "online pressence" in the envent that something did hypothetically happen, he simply said (his sudden death and sense of humor make me feel this must be quoted word for word) "I don't care, I would be dead. What would be important is what you guys would want to do with it! Seeing as your Mum still refuses to join Facebook, like she did once upon a time with Internet Banking too if you remember carefully, it would be up to you."
I immediately when I heard of his death, wanted to protect and save all my correspondence, messages and words from him online but ignorantly also thought it was best to request the page to be memorialised immediately as his high profile image may invite unwelcome activities I thought... I wish I hadn't... the more I look at death & social media & ownership & digital rights, the more it makes me aware we need some better answers before the "digital natives" are anywhere near old enough to worry about the kind of things I have been struggling with trying to keep, claim or save anything of someones life online...
Backing up our virtual realities....
How to Back Up Your Social Media Accounts
What would happen if you lost all of the data you share on social networks? Here's why, and how you should back up your favorite social tools.
Imagine if your Facebook account were suspended and deleted. What would you do if your entire LinkedIn network suddenly disappeared? If your Flickr photos were no longer accessible or ifTwitter crashed yet again, only this time for good? Online networking and collaboration have become a dominant part of our daily routines. According to a recent study conducted by Nielsen and released in early August, social networking occupies twice as much of our time online as any other activity. Facebook and Twitter alone account for 22.7% of our time on the web, with online games and e-mail a distant second and third, respectively. "Some people might not want to admit it, and others may just forget, but our social interactions today very much defines who we are as people," notes Julian Ranger, founder and CEO of SocialSafe.net, a social backup service based in the United Kingdom. who just launched their newest version this week.
Backing up your social data, whether business or personal use, while still not done by most users, has become a burgeoning market for a few different companies as usage patterns have risen. But why should you do it, and what services should you start with? In this guide, we will explore what you could potentially lose by not backing up your data, what the different available services offer and how to obtain your data when you need it.
BACKUP SERVICES INCLUDE:
Each service handles this issue slightly differently and there is no one I can determine to be better than the other...
With this round, Backupify is going to be able to sharpen its product
and business focus, and make some much needed engineering hires. The origin of this company is pretty interesting. Back in late 2008, I noticed that one of my Flickr contacts seemed to be short a few photos--like, a few thousand of them. For some reason (which I later found out was just an expired credit card) their account was only showing the last 250 photos they took. I freaked out. I realized that I had been using Flickr for so long that I had switched computers several times and no longer had many of my originals. The single point of failure for all my digital memories was now Yahoo! You can imagine how comfortable that made me feel. I immediately started looking for backup solutions. http://www.thisisgoingtobebig.com/blog/2010/2/16/in-cloud-we-trust-first-round-invests-in-backupify.html
With over 28,00 Facebook accounts, 600 Fan Pages and 34,000 Twitter accounts backed up and under management at Backupify, many start to wonder what they can actually do with this data. The biggest question we get from users is how they can restore a lost or corrupted Facebook Profile, Fan Page or Twitter account.
The bottom line answer is that Twitter and Facebook don’t allow us to truly restore data back into the service. This is due to the fact that we can’t ‘backdate’ content to the time it was originally posted.
We wish this process was easier. As soon as Twitter and Facebook allow backdating of data, we’ll be able to perform a true restore of these services.
For the time being, you can use this data for:
- Assurance that it’s never truly gone
- To save links and photos you’ve shared regardless of if they’re not available on the actual service
- To have in the case of a needed restore when the APIs allow for backdating
Plenty of users just want their lost Facebook photos or misplaced Twitter links back, even if they can’t backdate them into Facebook or Twitter. For those users, Backupify has got your back.
From the FAQ Section on Backupify.com
The short answer is that your online data is important and
Backupify is an easy cost effective way to protect it
from loss. The longer answer is that much of the data you generate
today is not stored on your computer.
You have data locked up in Gmail, Facebook, Twitter, Google Docs,
Basecamp, and all the other online services you
use. Backupify is not just about backup, it is about controlling
your data yourself instead of having it stored in
hundreds of services all around the web. Your online data is just as
important as the data on your computer. Both
should be backed up. You can read more about reasons for backing up
your online data in
Why should I backup my online data?
It is unlikely that an online service will simply lose your data,
just as it is unlikely that a hard drive will
just delete a file. It does happen occasionally, but your real
concerns for cloud services are hackers, viruses,
user error and legal issues. Many services can shut off access
without warning if they think you violated their
terms of service. Many hackers are targeting online accounts because
they are easier to access than your computer.
On top of that, roughly 1/3 of all data loss is due to simple user
error. These are the kinds of risks that
Backupify can minimize.
Am I likely to lose my online data?
We don't do anything with your data once it is backed up.We
don't look at it, we don't sell it, we don't
your data and you should be in control. We don't
own your data, we just provide software to give you more control
over your stuff. We charge for our service, so we
never have to resort to analyzing your data so that we can sell
advertising against it or anything like that. You
will never get email from us unless you opt-in for it.
was started on the premise that your data
is yours and you should not leave it locked up in all of these
online systems. We believe strongly in freedom and
HOWEVER, when I signed up to this service, like most online registrations, by clicking the "Create Account" button, I was agreeing to the Terms & Conditions of this site and their services provided. When exploring these I found the following exerts particularly intriguing... I was quickly advised by concerned other half, that these kinds of statements are "standard clauses" in these types of contracts- but I wonder how many of us, "users" are aware of this???
By using the backupify.com web site ("
"), all services
of Backupify, LLC
"), you are agreeing to be bound by the following
terms and conditions ("
Terms of Service
reserves the right to update and change the
from time to time without notice.
Any new features that augment or enhance the current
including the release of new tools and
resources, shall be subject to the
Terms of Service
Continued use of the
after any such
changes shall constitute your consent to such changes. You can
review the most current version of the
Terms of Service
at any time at:
Violation of any of the terms below will result in the termination
of your Account. While
such conduct and Content on the
, you understand and
cannot be responsible
for the Content posted on the
and you nonetheless may
be exposed to such materials. You agree to use
at your own risk.
You must be 13 years or older to use this
You must be a human. Accounts registered by "bots" or other
automated methods are not permitted.
You must provide your legal full name, a valid email address,
and any other information requested in order to
complete the signup process.
You are responsible for maintaining the security of your account
cannot and will
not be liable for any loss or damage from your failure to comply
with this security obligation.
You understand that the
offers a service that
connects various lifestream service APIs to Amazon
S3's storage service. As such, we can not guarantee the integrity,
uptime, or anything else regarding the S3
You agree that you will not hold the
failures with the S3 storage service.
You may not use the
for any illegal or
You understand that the
processing and transmission of the
, including your
Content, may be transferred unencrypted and
involve (a) transmissions over various networks; and (b) changes to
conform and adapt to technical requirements
of connecting networks or devices. The purpose of the
is for backup of data in case of loss. Links
to files stored by the
may not be placed in the
public domain. If you place a link to one of your
on a public website, your account will be terminated and you will be
billed for any bandwidth used above and beyond
the necessary bandwidth to transfer the files for storage.
The failure of
to exercise or enforce any right or
provision of the
Terms of Service
not constitute a waiver of such right or provision
MozyEnterprise is a great online backup service. Here are just a few of the reasons we feel this way:
- MozyEnterprise is simple to set up.
- It performs backups automatically in the background while you continue working.
- It handles versioning, storing yesterday's renditions as well as today's renditions of your files with each backup, allowing you to pull data from different backup dates.
- It encrypts all your files before transferring them to storage.
- It's fast because it backs up only the data that has changed.
- It backs up both open and locked files.
- It's inexpensive and reliable.