A Facebook backup that includes everyone I'm linked to?
February 3, 2012 2:33 PM   Subscribe

I'm deleting my Facebook account. There are quite a few people I want to stay in contact with via other methods (email or other social networks) that aren't in my "real" address book. Is there a way to spider my account and save all of my "friends" contact information without spending a whole evening of clicking, copying and pasting?

I've found a ton of "Back up your facebook account" tools and there's Facebook's own tool, but they all simply backup my own photos, posts, etc. They don't save anything from the accounts I'm linked to.
posted by Ookseer to Computers & Internet (7 answers total) 10 users marked this as a favorite
You can sync your friends' contact information with your smartphone, I'm pretty sure.
posted by jayder at 2:43 PM on February 3, 2012 [2 favorites]

This will work, assuming it still exists.
posted by coolguymichael at 2:49 PM on February 3, 2012

According to the facebook description, their archive includes all of your friends names and some of their email addresses. Did you try it? It may include all of the email addresses that you need or enough that you can manually add any important missing info.

FriendstoGmail still exists, but it never exported email addresses or phone numbers. Frankly, I'm not sure what it's purpose is.
posted by stuart_s at 3:41 PM on February 3, 2012

Well now I'm just googling, so I'm not sure whether I'll be adding anything that you haven't already found. This article discusses something called profilicious. It isn't free and they warn you that it might anger facebook. If you're already planning to leave facebook, that may not be an important consideration.
posted by stuart_s at 3:45 PM on February 3, 2012

profilicious looks to be dead. Sorry.


I don't want to try it because I don't want to risk getting caught violating the terms.
posted by stuart_s at 4:04 PM on February 3, 2012

When I imported my contacts in to Google+, I had to use an old Yahoo mail account that had the option to import email addresses from Facebook... not sure if it did phone numbers too. I was then able to export all that data as a csv... maybe that still works if you have (or can get) a Yahoo account - you needn't give the address out or use it for anything else.
posted by dirm at 6:00 PM on February 3, 2012

Backupify should do it.
posted by COD at 6:11 AM on February 4, 2012 [1 favorite]

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