February 19, 2012

SocialSafe – Never Lose Your Social History

Take a minute to think about all the important life moments you’ve documented online: Those graduation photos on Facebook, the very first messages you sent to the person who’s now your spouse, or the tweets you posted after moving into your first home. Now imagine if all those moments were lost in the blink of an eye. SocialSafe is a tool that you can use to secure online memories and make sure they never go away.

When you decide that the time is right to start backing up your data from Facebook, Twitter, and Google+, then head over to SocialSafe and take the service for a spin. Although SocialSafe has a free plan, you’ll need to upgrade to a paid account to save anything more than your basic Facebook photos and messages. Once you’ve selected a paid plan, all you need to do is follow SocialSafe’s lead. Using Facebook Connect, you can download your profile, friend lists, links, wall posts, photos you’ve uploaded, and photos you’ve been tagged in. This total transfer takes place in just five minutes or less, after which the data you’ve downloaded is saved in the secure location of your choosing. People with upgraded accounts can also download information from Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook Pages, Viadeo, and Google+ using the same general methods. To navigate the data you’ve saved, use SocialSafe’s special calendar tool to find the specific photos or messages you’re looking for based on the week, month, or year when the content was initially posted.

If your Twitter account gets hacked or your Facebook account gets deleted, no worries. Just access the data from SocialSafe and you’ll be back up and running in no time at all. The data you’ve downloaded can also be turned into a private journal, of sorts, which you can print out and reflect back on in the years to come.

Practical Uses:

  • Save all the photos you’ve posted to Facebook over the years
  • Keep a backup of all your Facebook data in case the site ever goes down
  • Backup all the tweets you sent to prevent losing everything if someone hacks your account
  • Look back through your data to see how much you’ve changed in the last few years

Insider Tips:

  • Paid users can backup data from Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Viadeo, and Google+
  • Data can be exported as CSV text or ZIP photos
  • Google+ users can save all their public posts, comments, and +1s
  • Users with upgraded plans can save up to four Facebook accounts

What we liked:

  • SocialSafe helps keep important data secure
  • People don’t have to worry about losing access to all the photos they’ve posted online
  • SocialSafe backs up all tweets, mentions, and direct messages on Twitter
  • SocialSafe is always adding more applications to its list of supported sites

What we didn’t like:

  • SocialSafe users can’t save their Instagram or Flickr photos yet, although integration with those sites is coming in the future


Company Info:

  • Launched: June 2009
  • Privately Held
  • Headquarters: Great Britain
  • Founded by: Julian Ranger
  • Web site:


  • Free plan
  • Standard plan is $3.49
  • Pro plan is $6.99
  • Enterprise plan with variable pricing

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