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Export your Facebook status posts to a searchable personal journal

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At this point, we are not as fond of Facebook as we used to be. We mostly are just not that active anymore, abandoned entirely, or even considering deleting our accounts. Something is holding us still, though; we have part of our history there. On each "status update", we registered a moment, those posts add up to document years of our lives.

Even if you want to keep your Facebook account to save these memories, they are hidden from you by Facebook's newsfeed algorithm. Facebook decides which of your memories to surface, not you, and it is very cumbersome to search for them. If you want to move out of Facebook, but keep your Facebook history and gain the ability to search your old posts quickly, Quid Sentio can solve your problem.

Understanding Quid Sentio

If you are not familiar with Quid Sentio yet, it is a digital personal journal that you can share with your real friends. Using text, audio, and custom tags, you create private entries, with an easy way to filter and search, and the ability to share and comment with trusted friends (real friends, not the ones that are your "facebook friends").

Quid Sentio has an import tool for Facebook status updates posts. First, you have to export and download your data from your Facebook account, then upload that file to Quid Sentio, and all your status updates become searchable journal entries.

How to export your Facebook posts

The first thing to do is to download a file from Facebook with all your posts. Here is a step-by-step tutorial on how to do it.

Note: the screenshots presented here are from the new Facebook interface. If your Facebook still has the old design, it might look different, but the options are largely the same (or very similar). You should be able to follow these steps without any issue.



1. Go to your Facebook settings

At the top right, click on the down arrow to open the menu. Select "Settings & Privacy" and then again "Settings".

Facebook menu, Settings & Privacy option Facebook menu, Settings option

2. Select "Your Facebook Information" and "Download Your Information"

Note: Quid Sentio is prepared to identify the Facebook information structure when it's written in English. If you use Facebook in another language, I suggest you change it to English before exporting your posts (it is ok for the posts themselves to be in another language).

In the Settings page, select the option "Your Facebook Information" on the left side menu.

Then, among the presented options, click on "Download Your Information".

Facebook Settings page

3. Choose the format "JSON" and select "Posts" data to download

You will see a box with download options. You must choose the format "JSON", so Quid Sentio can import your posts.

You can also decide which information you want to download. Quid Sentio will only use "Posts", but the information will be downloaded in separate files, so you can choose as many as you want.

After selecting the format: "JSON" and "Posts", click on the button "Create File".

Facebook Information Download options

4. Wait until your file is available and download it

You can't download your information immediately; Facebook has to process your request. You will receive an email informing you that they are processing the request and another email as soon as the request is processed and ready for download.

If you selected only the "Posts" type of information, it would usually take no more than 5 minutes. It might take longer if you selected more types of information.

Once your file is ready, go back to the same page (Settings > Your Facebook Information > Download Your Information). There, click on the tab "Available Copies" and click on the "Download" button of the file listed there.

Facebook Information file ready to
download

You will download a compressed ZIP file (ending in .zip) with separate folders for each type of information that you selected to download. The file with your posts is usually called your_posts_1.json. Extract this file from the ZIP file.

Now you have your file with all your Facebook posts downloaded at your computer. You are ready to import them to your Quid Sentio journal.

5. Create your Quid Sentio account and upload your posts file

Now the easy part. Go to www.quidsentio.com and Sign Up.

Then click on "Account" at the top right, and you will see the button to "Upload your posts .json file". Click on it and select the file you just downloaded from Facebook with your posts (the one probably called your_posts_1.json).

You will see how many status updates posts you have and show the button to "Start import process". Click on it and see the count of imported posts going up. Please do not close the site or refresh the page until it finishes its process.

Facebook Information file ready to
download Facebook Information file ready to
download

That's it! You have now transformed all your Facebook status updates into Quid Sentio journal entries. Experiment a little bit searching through your older updates and explore your past in a way that Facebook never allowed!

Why transfer your posts from Facebook to Quid Sentio?

You know how to do it, but you might be wondering why do it. Here is a list of a few advantages of having your Facebook update posts on Quid Sentio:

A few disclaimers

In case you are new to Quid Sentio, there are a few things that are important for you to know before deciding to import your Facebook posts.

You will only import your Facebook Status updates posts. The downloaded "Posts" file includes lots of other types of posts that are not status updates. Things like posts on your friends' timelines, posts on groups, on events. Those things do not match the format of journal entries, so all of those are ignored. Just your status updates are imported as Quid Sentio entries.

You will not import your Facebook pictures. While Quid Sentio entries allow for images, it is a very different experience from Facebook with its albums. You are better off downloading Facebook pictures and keeping at your computer or another photo service of your choice.

You will not import your Facebook "friends". Quid Sentio meaning of "friends" is very different from Facebook's. I believe you should add friends to your Quid Sentio network very consciously, adding only those you really trust. I designed Quid Sentio to avoid "contact spam" of any form. So I will not ask or even allow you to upload your list of friends to Quid Sentio. You have to add them one by one.

Quid Sentio is a paid service, not supported by ads, but by customers that pay for it if they find it valuable. While you can create an account for free and import all your Facebook status posts also for free, after that, you will have become a Supporter ($19/year) to be able to create more entries.

Just to be clear, you can import your posts and leave them at Quid Sentio for free. Only if you want to continue to create new entries that you need to become a paying supporter.

Quid Sentio still does not have an export tool of its own. I do believe everyone should have control of all the data they update to an online service. The only reason Quid Sentio does not have this feature is that I am the sole developer of Quid Sentio, so things are a bit slow to build. The export tool is on the roadmap, so rest assured that by the time you sign up to Quid Sentio, create a few entries, and decide to move out to another service and export your data, it will be ready.

If after importing your Facebook posts you want to start journaling regularly, check our guide:

How to start journaling

Sign up to Quid Sentio if you want to journal your life and share it with the ones you trust.

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