How to Protect Yourself from Losing Social Media Content

How to Protect Yourself from Losing Social Media Content

Major social media platforms come and go, change focus, and change options available to members or subscribers. Even the large servicers are not exempt. Yahoo is morphing into something yet undefined, Twitter changed its feed priority and delivery services, LinkedIn™ has made it more conducive to stay on-network than off-network and made groups a little more cumbersome in some areas, and Facebook – well the one thing we can depend upon is change. Change is a truism in all areas of life.

With all the changes in social media, you need to protect yourself from losing current data, access, or historical information. You should not depend on providers enabling you to have ‘forever” certainty that your photos, postings, connections, data, and videos will be retained and easily accessible. If you don’t want something to have the possibility of disappearing later, you need to maintain storage yourself.

It seems redundant to have to maintain personal electronic copies of information, but the alternative of having a site close down or limit your access is also not palatable. In the case of some sites, you may have difficulty copying and pasting information about your contacts, for example, and that might be due to copyright issues which you must respect.

Subscribing to more than one cloud-based storage service is also not a bad idea for your personal information. It may be easier to retrieve data from one than the other, while one may provide immediate back-up, one only daily back-up. If you use shared applications, it becomes even more important to retain the trail.

Having access to your contacts and other data if cloud services are interrupted for any reason becomes important to you, family, friends, and business as well, if applicable. Do not depend on at-home, at-office, or personal storage alone. You never know when natural disasters, theft, or other interrupters could limit access to your information. Use both the cloud and local storage options as well for your most important items. Think of your electronic records when determining back up and storage needs by asking yourself these three questions:

  • What data/files/photos/videos would I want to always retain for personal use or reference?
  • What would I want for historical or legal purposes?
  • What would I want to pass down to others in my personal or business life?

Depend on yourself not on the whims of social media platforms. You are the best archiver of what is important. When in doubt, listen to yourself and archive. Assume that you are the only one on which to depend, and you will make wise decisions on retention of your historical information.

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