See http://thenextweb.com/facebook... Facebook is the ultimate "cloud service", and it too can delete your account and data... just because.
tldr; backup all your Facebook friends' (OK, maybe just the real friends) contact info offline. Ditto for calendars. Beware of syncing any device with facebook.
> Editorâ(TM)s note: This is a guest post by Chris Leydon, a freelance videographer
> and former startup founder. He organises the Tomorrow's Web series of
> meetups and documents London's tech community with his video production
> company Keyone Productions.
The "reason" he got for his Facebook account being disabled was...
> Upon investigation, we have determined that you are ineligible to use Facebook.
> Unfortunately, for safety and security reasons, we cannot provide additional
> information as to why your account was disabled. This decision is final.
He got onto Twiiter and actually managed to get the attention of a live person at Facebook UK, not some script-reader in Mumbai...
> I got a reply within an hour, saying that my query was being looked into,
> but no guarantees on finding out why my account has been disabled or
> reinstating it. The following day I received a further reply saying that
> unfortunately, due to a shared personal connection, he was unable to
> help or assist me in my situation because of a "user protection policy".
> Earlier on that day there had been an update to the Facebook page for the event
> I was attending, a change of location. Instinctively I logged into Facebook and
> saw that "Your account has been disabled message" again. I didn't know
> where I was supposed to go and I couldn't check Facebook to find out either.
> No worries, I have the event stored in a calendar on my Windows Phone.
> I flicked open to my calendar and looked for the appointment and it wasn't
> there. The calendar was syncing with Facebook and when my account
> became disabled, for security reasons, all of my Facebook events were
> removed from my calendar. Shit.
> Not a problem, I'll phone Russell, he was organising the event so could tell
> me where to go. I searched for Russell's number in my contacts andâ¦
> no results, he'd vanished. James? He was there as an email address and a
> Twitter handle but no phone number. Sean? Same again. My phone's contacts
> had been syncing with Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn, but not actually
> saving any data to the phone or Exchange. All of the numbers were being
> pulled in from Facebook and without a Facebook account, I didn't have
> any Facebook friends and no numbers to pull in. Fuck.
> Luckily my text messages were still safe, I wasn't completely lost. I found
> an old text thread with Russell, phoned him and added the number as a
> new contact to my phone. I was saved for the evening and it turned out
> not to be quite the disaster I feared, but it started to dawn on me just how
> much Iâ(TM)d grown to rely on one platform.