What’s in your social media archive?

I exported Twitter, Facebook, Google Plus, LiveJournal, WordPress and LinkedIn to find out. (And even found an archive of Google Buzz.)

What’s in Your Social Media Archive?

I checked out what you get when you export your content from Twitter, Facebook, Google+, LinkedIn, WordPress and LiveJournal, with an eye for both private archives and migrating to your own site.

On Twitter
On Mastodon.social
On Facebook

@trwnh I just finished a comparison of various social networks’ exports. Weirdly, LinkedIn was the most complete.

On Mastodon.social

Added: Twitter Archive & Google Buzz

I exported my entire Twitter archive, and imported the CSV here using WP All Import. Over 7000 posts going back to 2008. I pulled them in as drafts, rather than publishing them directly, to make sure that the import worked properly, which means I’m going to have to look through all 7000 (maybe not the best idea).

Retweets are a little weird, and sometimes cut off a bit. Timestamps are in UTC, but the oldest timestamps are only datestamps, which means there’s no order info within a day except for the post IDs.

I’m not sure what I want to do about “New blog post” or “Flashback of the day” plugs. The actual content is already on another site that I own, so an extra copy of the links doesn’t really make much difference unless there’s a comment thread.

While I was at it, I wondered whether I had an archive of Google Buzz. It turns out I do: Google automatically put it on my drive when they shut down the site. It’s in the form of a bunch of PDFs, but you can’t import them easily. Why? The text is scrambled, with a custom font that unscrambles it. So I had to retype entries instead of copying and pasting. Fortunately there were only a handful of native posts — the vast majority of the pages and pages and pages of posts were imported from Twitter, Flickr, or one of my blogs — but I had to search for “Dw¦¦” instead of “Buzz” to find them.

I’m kind of surprised that the new Gmail layout hasn’t dropped Buzz, but I guess …

I’m kind of surprised that the new Gmail layout hasn’t dropped Buzz, but I guess it just works as a regular mail view, so there wasn’t anything extra needed to include it. Maybe they’re waiting until the new layout is completely rolled out, then shutting down Buzz for everyone at once.

Discussion on Google+:

Wayne: haha kill the Buzz…

or is that Google waiting till infinity and beyond?

Me: Kill the Buzz! Kill the Buzz!

Wayne: (Spanish curses fly across the room while you hear steps to the flamenco somewhere on the ground.)