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If for whatever reason you’d like to export your Facebook posts (I leave it up to you to decide why), you can now save these and your notes to a Google Doc, Blogger, or WordPress.

Personally, I don’t have to keep all the stupid things I’ve said on Facebook for the past 16 years, but I’m going to show you how to export your Facebook life to Google Docs. From there, you can do whatever you want with your memories. (I recommend downloading your digital life to a folder on your PC where you keep all your other important and regularly backed up data and then never view it again.)

To get started, go to your Facebook and visit Your settings page, then navigate to Your Facebook information Section. There you want to click on “View” next to the new one “Submit a copy of your information” Line. Note the wording on this: You do not move or delete old posts, but simply copy them to another place. To completely remove them, you’ll either have to go through them manually and delete them (ha!) Or Delete your entire Facebook account.

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In the screen that opens, select Posts (or Notes). You can’t choose which Facebook posts or notes to transfer. Everything you have created on your Facebook profile (but not posts that you have made in groups or on other pages) will be copied. Also note that this will only copy your posts, not the posts made by friends on your Facebook page – a big difference.

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Choose your destination (Google Docs or WordPress / Jetpack) and click Next. As always, you need to authenticate with the service and grant Facebook various permissions:

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Once you do this, your request will be placed on the queue. Yes, it’s not an instant transfer, but my transfer request is being processed and I expect to receive an email and / or Facebook notification when the time comes.

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I keep my fingers crossed that I don’t suddenly have 10,000 new documents in my Google Drive. While you wait, you can also go back and repeat the process for your Facebook notes. If you’re feeling ambitious, you can even get started Copy your photos also to another service.