Two fifths of Britons want to back up social media data

Two fifths of the British public wish they could back up their social media data, according to a survey carried out by

Of the over 2,000 social media users polled by the site, 42 per cent admitted they would like to back up their social networking profiles to ensure they could never lose any of the data stored there.

Proving social networking sites are not solely valued for their ability to connect people, 59 per cent said their wish to back up their online profile was for the safety of the photographs posted on the sites. Meanwhile, probably for legal reasons, 37 per cent wanted to keep a record of all the commentary they had written online via blogs, Facebook and Twitter.

“It was quite interesting to find out how many people wanted to be able to easily back up their social media accounts,” said Mark Peason, Chairman. “When you think about the number of pictures that some people have on there, it isn’t surprising that they want to be able to save them for the future.”

People wishing to safely store copies of their online profiles were not motivated by fears of social media instability. In fact, 65 per cent had “no doubts” over the security of their profiles and over half (55 per cent) believe their social media profile and its data will still exist in ten years’ time.

“With the amount of information that people put online, it’s not at all surprising that many people want to be able to keep a record of it. At the rate that social media is developing, this could be standard practise in a few years’ time!” added Pearson.

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