backupify for backing up social media & cloud data
Gerald Oskoboiny <email@example.com>,
Thu, 15 Apr 2010 16:09:26 -0700
As I invest more and more time creating content on web sites
not under my control, I get more and more worried about it
disappearing one day. (in the tradition of egroups, lycos,
geocities et al.)
Backupify http://www.backupify.com/ seems to do a good job
of backing up various other sites, and it's free for life
if you sign up before Monday. 
I signed up a while ago and configured it to store stuff
in my own amazon s3 bucket; I grab a local copy of that
once in a while with:
s3cmd sync s3://my-backupify-bucket-name .
That command creates a local dir tree containing files like:
twitter/ger_book.pdf (a 95-page book containing all the above)
The facebook dir includes all the photos I have been tagged in,
whether they're mine or not.
I'm not crazy about giving backupify access to all this data, but
it seems fairly well-run, and most of that data is already public.
(or in the case of facebook, visible to thousands of people,
which is effectively public)
One important thing I'm still missing are all the messages I have
sent or received on facebook; a couple days ago I discovered fbcmd 
which I plan to use to archive all my fb mail in rfc2822 format. 
I have a locally hacked copy that outputs messages in rfc2822 format
but haven't fully automated it yet; more on that soon.