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How to Archive & Save Your ENTIRE Facebook Profile

Paranoia.  It’s a feeling that’s been ingrained in us long before personal sanitizer gave germophobes a temporary safe haven.  We’ve always been taught to “take precaution,” “be careful,” “don’t touch that”…and a ton of other one-liners that make curious children cringe.

This is also evident in our daily routine, as well, creating a safe barrier between the decisions you make and the world around you.  What if, and I’m speaking hypothetically here, your Facebook page somehow became corrupt and you lost ALL of your profile information?  For someone who’s not as engaged as the average American, they would only suffer nominal consequences.  But for an individual who uses it for their connections and life stream, they would lose all hope in Facebook, social media and the human race (ok, maybe I’m being a bit too dramatic).

Anyway, Facebook contains thousands of moments we hold dear to us, including:  photos and videos we’ve shared on Facebook, wall posts that include milestones and personal moments we’ve shared with friends (i.e. the purchase of a home, marriage, children photos, etc.) friends names and conversations, as well as your entire online identity.

For me, I imagine being 75, showing my grandchildren the milestones and moments in my life that are important by scrolling through my Facebook Timeline.

So, you ask, how do I keep MY profile? It’s simple, archive it.

To use the profile downloader, sign into Facebook and click the down arrow next to the Home button in the top-right corner.  Choose Account Settings and click “Download a copy of your Facebook data” at the bottom of the window.

Enter the account password, click “Continue” then choose “Start My Archive.”

Facebook combines your profile into a nifty ZIP file that’s available to download in a little less than two hours (verification is sent via e-mail).  Once you open the ZIP file, you’re welcomed with a stripped down version of your Facebook profile, which includes your wall, photos, friends and messages. It’s as simple as that! Archive away!

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What Your Facebook Timeline SHOULD Look Like

If you’ve logged on to your Facebook page lately, then you’ve grown accustomed to the BIG beautiful Timeline banners on top of personal profile pages and business pages alike. Usually, they’re eye-catching photos with vivid detail and color to draw you into the Business message.

The Facebook Timeline is a new aesthetic view for personal profiles and businesses. It places emphasis on the new banner and icon view to make Facebook pages “pop” with excitement. If you’re as digitally savvy as we are, then you’ve converted your Facebook over to the new Timeline format months ago and created some eye candy on top of the page to engage those visiting your Facebook Page. If you haven’t, and your page still resembles the old style Facebook Profile, then we have a few tips for your transition. In this entry, we’re providing WHAT your Timeline banner photo should look like.

  1. The Facebook Timeline photo should be 851 X 315, while the smaller profile photo should be 180 x 180 pixels so that your image sits perfectly within the guidelines.
  2. The content of your Timeline Banner should be eye catching while avoiding a cluttered look. If you’re an ice cream shop, place a nice HD photo of your most popular ice cream cone, or a smiling employee with the store back drop to add some positive reinforcement for your brand. Coca-Cola does a great job of creating a great Timeline Banner:
  1. Refrain from too much (or any at all) verbiage and selling points! People HATE being sold on Facebook (blatantly, of course). Try and keep your banner friendly and aesthetic without placing a sales message or phone number. KIS – Keep it Simple
  2. Lastly, rotate the image once in a while. Most of your fans on Facebook only see your page if they physically click a hyperlink to that page. When you post updated content, only the small profile picture shows up in the feed, not your entire Business page. So, when fans do visit your page, there’s a chance they will see a different image next time around.

These are just a few tips for tapping into the potential of your Facebook page. For details, feel free to leave a comment below