Facebook Lets You Download Your Data, Just Like Anti-Facebook Diaspora

A scrappy group of four NYU students raised over $200,000 for their startup Diaspora, an Anti-Facebook.

The idea was that Diaspora would give users control over their data. It would be open source and portable.

Well now Facebook is giving users the option to download their data as a .zip file. That’s a record of everything you ever wrote on your profile, all your friends, etc.

Before, if you quit Facebook, you lost all that data. Now you get it as a simple html file.

“People own and have control over all info they put into Facebook and “Download Your Information” enables people to take stuff with them,” says Zuckerberg.

It’s a pretty bold move. Facebook has the confidence that massive numbers of users won’t download their data and jump ship to another service.