I need a text document of my facebook status updates for all time. What's the quickest way to do this?

  • I could tell you the quickest way if you joined in 2008 and later.
    – phwd
    Commented Jul 22, 2010 at 21:20
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    I could write you a simple python script to get all your messages if you offer 500 bounty :P
    – Lipis
    Commented Jul 22, 2010 at 22:57
  • Sorry... probably not worth the bounty... Commented Oct 14, 2010 at 21:02

7 Answers 7


Try this:

  1. Login to your Facebook
  2. Go to: http://developers.facebook.com/docs/reference/api/user
  3. Click on the statuses from the Connections table
  4. Replace the default arjun username with yours or just me in the URL
  5. Go to Online JSON Viewer and Paste the result of the previous page there
  6. Click on the Viewer Tab
  7. Have fun with your status messages :)

It displays only the last 25 status updates but you can get the next 25 if you'll follow the last entry of the JSON entry. I'm not going into more details because we are not on SO.


Unfortunately there seems to be some discontinuity in Facebook Storage

As shown by this Facebook application


This retrieves all status updates since 2008 in a nice format

Phwd Double Click Insert Coin for Two Player in Google Pacman (Fri, 21 May 2010 17:37:58 GMT)

I tried to do it on my own using the Facebook Test Console


and the graph/me/statuses call. I got the same result (only since 2008).

Honestly I tried just clicking Older Posts and that seems to be the best way. Unless you joined in 2005 and earlier and push 100 updates a day there is no way it will take long.

There is another way but it seems only a handful of users have the feature

google query site:http://www.facebook.com/feeds/ inurl:status


You could make use of Facebook's API, but that would require some programming. I've been searching for an easier solution but nothing yet.


Backupify will backup your facebook account (among many other service) and give you one single xml file with all your updates in which you can download and do what you like with.

  • looks promising :D
    – phwd
    Commented Jul 23, 2010 at 0:51

Archive-fb.com lets you do exactly this. You can download it in Rich Text, or view it in HTML.


You can also use a RSS feed generator for your Facebook Statuses (or Photos) like the RSS Feeds application on Facebook.
It will help you generate a RSS feed for all your statuses and photos while maintaining the privacy modes.
Although, I am not a fan of the user interface the application has, but the functionality is what is awesome :)


connect facebook to twitter and backup with twitter's backup tools.

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