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This article was published on October 6, 2010

Facebook Launches Download Your Information

Facebook Launches Download Your Information

Today at their Palo Alto headquarters, Facebook teased the crowd promising that they were going to announce something that no one was expecting. They were right, let’s get into Download Your Information.

What does it do? It “zips up your information, emails you when the files are ready, and then [allows] you [to] download them.” Facebook will actually move all of your data into a single file, making the download very, very simple.

How great is that? This is a big move for Facebook in direction of data portability. For all Facebook users, this is a liberating day: your data is now completely free.

The product is designed for “normal people,” not “developers.” Facebook is also working to make the process as secure as possible. This will prevent user abuse that could be potentially very damaging. To download all of someone else’s data could be rather embarrassing, obviously.

This is rolling out starting today, so be sure and keep an eye out for the feature to appear. Here is my question: how big will your file be? Take a guess in the comments!