SocialSafe provides a cheap and simple way to back-up photos you've uploaded to Facebook
Have you ever wondered what would happen if your Facebook account was hacked, lost or deactivated? While there may only be a slim chance of this happening, if you were unlucky enough to experience it, you'd probably have to spend hundreds of hours re-uploading photo albums. And remembering to re-invite every person you were already friends with on the social networking site.
With this in mind, iBundle and 1minus1 have created SocialSafe - a back-up for your Facebook profile that allows you to save the data, photos and friends to your Windows or Mac PC, so you can access it should your account become unavailable.
The SocialSafe application is priced at a one-off charge of $2.99 (£1.80). Once you've purchased, downloaded and opened SocialSafe, you'll be required to log-in to your Facebook account so the application can have access to your personal data.
(Since the app has been created using Adobe Air, you'll also need to have the Adobe program installed on your PC first. This only takes a few minutes and a download link to Adobe's website is displayed prominently on the SocialSafe website.)
You're presented with three icons for the app's options: Settings, Download and View. Settings allows you to choose what you do and don't want to back-up from your Facebook profile, such as your personal information, your friends and your photos
By clicking the Download option you'll automatically start a back-up of whichever sections of your Facebook Profile you've already selected, while View allows you to see exactly what you've downloaded. It's that simple.
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It took around 20 minutes to initially back-up our entire profile, which includes 979 photos split across 35 albums. Once the download is complete you're also presented with a statistics box that informs you exactly what has been backed up. Incremental back-ups after this took just over a minute when hardly any info had changed.
View mode offers you the ability to either view just your photos, your friends or your whole profile. Photos in SocialSafe are arranged by album, including your Profile pics, with the most recent first. You can click on a SocialSafe album name to view thumbnails of every picture in the album, while clicking on the thumbnail lets you view a larger image.
Friends are arranged in alphabetical order, and by clicking their thumbnail image you can navigate straight through to their profile on Facebook.
We loved the ‘Time Capsule' function in SocialSafe, which allows you to view every back-up, organised by date, and whether you've lost any images, friends or info since you downloaded your profile to SocialSafe.
There are a couple of shortcomings though. The service currently doesn't back-up your Wall posts or emails, so you can't keep a record of those messages from your Facebook friends. SocialSafe also doesn't allow you to back-up the ‘Photos of you' section from your profile - those images of you that have been tagged by other people. SocialSafe temporarily disabled this function due to privacy concerns, but plans to offer a solution to this in the future, along with the back-up of Wall posts.
And if you want to be constantly up-to-date, you're also required to manually open the app and click download each time you use Facebook.
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