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How To Download Your Facebook Profile
By: wubayou
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    2011-02-02

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    Facebook is used by many for personal reasons. Some people, however, use it for networking and business purposes. Regardless, you may find yourself needing to find a specific post or update. Perhaps it contains a phone number, a name, a reminder, or something else. Whatever the case, you need to find that piece of information. The only problem is, you have had your account for over a year and have tons of friends, making it a ridiculously difficult task to search for something. This could have been a problem in the past, but it no longer is.

    Facebook announced a nifty new feature just a couple of months ago. The new feature allows you to download your profile. This means that you can now elect to have all of your wall posts, messages, photos, friends list, and more downloaded into a simple format. 

    Downloading your profile is pretty straightforward. Go to the Account menu and select Account Settings. At the bottom, you will see the Download Your Information section. Click on Learn more, which will lead you to a download page.  From there, you can request a download of all of your profile history, and Facebook will notify you when it is ready to go. It will be in a simple zip file format. 

    Once finished, you can search through all of your history by using a web browser's Find function. For example, when using Firefox, hit Ctrl and the F key to activate the Find feature. You can also access it by clicking on Edit > Find. Type in the keyword you are looking for to navigate through your history until you find the desired information. 

    Facebook's release of the new profile downloading feature was a blessing. If it had come any later, it would have just meant that you would have to sift through even more history to find what you need.

    Tweak Facebook's chat to be more user-friendly

    It's nice that Facebook decided to include a built-in chat client within its profiles.  It would be even nicer, however, if that chat client was a bit more advanced. As it is, chatting on Facebook is pretty bare, and you surely do not get a ton of bells and whistles to play with that you might find on other chat clients.

    If you chat a lot via Facebook, you probably want a more advanced way to converse. Since Facebook's chat runs via the Jabber protocol, you have some options at your disposal. There exists a variety of third-party chat programs that are compatible with Jabber, such as Adium and iChat, just to name a couple. 

    If you head over to http://www.facebook.com/sitetour/chat.php, you will see instructions on how to integrate such third-party programs into your Facebook chat. After doing so, you will be able to take advantage of more enriched chatting through Facebook that you had previously encountered. This will help you to switch easily among conversations and more.


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