Accountants, designers, bankers, real estate agents, attorneys, among others keep detailed records that can expand years past. The reason? You never know when you need the information. The accountant wants to make sure that they can answer to a banker or the IRS if the time comes. A designer needs to showcase a creative portfolio of past work to prospective clients. A real estate agent will keep detailed records of economic and housing market trends and sales to build their business. An attorney lives by evidence and record keeping to defend their clients.
As a business owner or professional looking to expand their target audience or personal learning network, one would think safekeeping records, especially your network contacts and communication feeds would be of vital importance. We often think that backing up our computer system is enough. But, we live in a world of social media and not taking the time to backup your social media networks could be compared to not database management system.
While the event of losing your social media network data completely is rare, it is not unheard of losing access your social media networks through hacking or despoiled by a third party. I encourage you to look into two resources that are reasonable cheap:
1) Social Safe (http://www.socialsafe.net/)
Social Safe is an easy to use application not only stores your online social networks but provides the option of exporting your data. SocialSafe supports Facebook and Twitter and will soon include services for LinkedIn, Flickr, YouTube, WordPress, Blogger, and Foursquare. This service allows you to store your friends list, wall posts and status updates, photos (album and tagged), comments and likes from Facebook, tweets, direct messages, in addition to followers and following on your Twitter profile. While an upgrade from a free account to a professional account may be needed to use all of these service, your social media networks are presented in an easy to use and find diary format.
2) Tweettake (http://www.tweettake.com)
If you are a Twitter lover or just a super cool instructor who has a massive following, this FREE service may be for you. This online application keeps record of your tweets, followers and following, favorites, and direct messages. In no time, Tweetake creates a CSV file holding nearly all the information that Twitter can store. The downside is there is a limit to the amount of information it can hold. So, if you run a business and want to hold onto important social media network information, I would suggest going for the pro services available through Social Safe.