In light of Twitter’s hacker attack yesterday morning I thought it would be a good idea to rehash the idea of backing up the information you provide online. Doing so will save you time, your peace of mind and potentially your online business. I’m going to focus on solutions for LinkedIn, Twitter and Blogging.
- Use software such as SocialWareSync to backup your LinkedIn status updates and your full profile, including the number of connections, job history and education. This is a paid service ($9.99 per month including support for 10 social accounts) but offers a free 30-day trial and you can also archive Twitter and Facebook.
- You absolutely have to export your contacts on a regular basis. It’s very easy to do: 1. Go to My Connections. 2. Scroll to the bottom and click Export Connections 3. Pick format you want the data in on the next screen (I use Excel) and click Export – Done! The default info included is name, email, company, title.
- Save the PDF version of your LinkedIn profile. You can do this directly from your LinkedIn profile and will be an invaluable tool should you need to recreate your account.
- Use free software such as BackupMyTweets to keep track of all your tweets. Their website mentions that twitter only allows you to see your most recent 3,200 tweets. You can access your tweets on one web page or download them in HTML, XML or JSON.
- Other software programs you can use are: Tweetake, TweetBackup, TwitterBackup, FriendBackup, and TwitterSafe.
- Save your tweets in Excel format once a month.
- Use software such as BlogBackUpr to backup your blog. This service will work with blogs that have RSS-feeds. If your blog is supported by WordPress all comments, posts, pages, pictures and zip files are saved. BlogBackUpr also automatically restores WordPress Open Source, WordPress and Blogger.
- Instructions on how to backup your Blogger blog and comments here