Topic: Capturing Facebook

Status of Facebook Capabilities (Updated July 21, 2021)

Status as of July 21, 2021

In 2020 Facebook converted all users over to its new layout, called New Facebook. This page summarizes the impacts New Facebook is having on captures with Page Vault and our current options for making Facebook captures.

Page Vault Expander in New Facebook

The Expand button functionality (aka Expander) works with New Facebook.

If the timeline is very long and Expander is not able to capture an entire profile, please see below for updates on Timeline Breakdown Methods. 

Timeline Breakdown Methods in New Facebook

In the past, we have advised clients on how to use some of Facebook's hidden functionality for jumping to specific time periods on an individual's timeline. Unfortunately, Facebook has removed some of these options with the rollout of New Facebook. To address this issue, Page Vault is developing new tools to allow clients to break down long Facebook timelines.

Solution 1: Filter by Date on Timeline (NEW Facebook feature as of Feb 2021)

Facebook has re-introduced the ability to jump to specific dates on a personal timeline. For a full step-by-step tutorial of this functionality, please visit our page on capturing large Facebook timelines.

  1. At the top of the timeline is a bar titled "Posts" with a "Filters" button on the right hand side. Click on "Filters."
  2. A dialog box will appear with a year. Select the year, then the month, then the day. Click "Done."
  3. Facebook will jump down the timeline to the selected date, or the closest date before the selected date. Note that it does not filter, it simply jumps to that date. If you scroll down, all posts that were generated prior to that post will load as per a normal timeline.
  4. You can then utilize Page Vault's Facebook Expand button as with traditional Facebook captures.

Solution 2: Post-by-Post Beta Test Cohort

Page Vault has developed a solution for timeline breakdowns that is currently in beta testing and can be activated for a client upon request. This feature is best utilized on public (i.e. business or celebrity) accounts or Facebook groups. For personal profiles we recommend using the date range breakdown method in solution 1.

If you would like to have access to the Post-by-Post beta, please contact our support team to be trained and have the feature enabled on your account. To see a preview of the new Post-by-Post functionality, please see the knowledge base page.

Solution 3: Use Page Vault On Demand

If you do not want to be part of our beta testing, our On Demand team can help. Please fill out our On Demand Services form and our team will send a quote to have us capture the profile for you.

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