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How to create Google + and Twitter Account Backups

Facebook is not the only social network that you should backup.

As covered in the article, ‘How to make a Facebook Profile Backup’ it is becoming increasingly important for you to create backups of your social network accounts. While these backups may not be all that necessary for individuals, for companies and organisations that maintain active pages and profiles it is becoming necessary. 

This is because much of the content created and shared across social networks can be considered as ‘records’.

Company emails are an important record of employee client communications and can have bearing in legal matters. So too are those messages, chats and comments that go along with the posts you share on your networks.

As with Facebook, Google + and Twitter both allow you to create and download backups of your social account activity.

Let us start with Twitter.


How to create a Twitter Account Backup

Creating a Twitter Backup is fairly simple.

  1. First, you need to login to your Twitter account.
  2. Next, locate your profile image at the top right of the page next to the ‘Tweet’ button and click on it to access the drop-down menu. Then select ‘Settings’. Twitter account backup step 1
  3. Scroll to the bottom of the page and click on the ‘Request your archive’ button. Twitter account backup step 2
  4. Then look out for an email. Twitter account backup step 3
  5. Finally, follow the link in the email and download your Twitter Backup Archive. Twitter account backup step 4


How to create a Google + Account Backup

Downloading a backup of your Google + account is also relatively simple. In fact, you will also be able to download a backup of all your other Google Apps too.

  1. First, make sure you are logged in to your Google account.
  2. Then click on your profile picture to access the drop-down and then click on, ‘My Account’. Google+ account backup step 1
  3. Next, look for the ‘Control your content’ link under the Personal info & privacy heading and click on it. Google+ account backup step 2
  4. Now click on the ‘Create Archive’ link. Google+ account backup step 3
  5. Select all the services / applications that you wish to create a backup up and then click, ‘Next’. Google+ account backup step 4
  6. Then select how you wish to customise your download format and click, ‘Create Archive’. Google+ account backup step 5
  7. Finally, click the ‘Download’ links to save the archives you have created. Google+ account backup step 6


Now that you know how to create backups of your Google and Twitter accounts, you should probably update your Records and Information Management Programme to include a regular schedule of backups so that you always have the latest data saved.

For more information on Iron Mountain’s backup solutions, visit this link: https://www.ironmtn.co.za//products-services/on-line-backup-restore/ or contact Iron Mountain today.


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