Twitter Archives Are Here

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December 19, 2012 5:41 a.m.

Twitter on Wednesday announced the ability for users to download a complete archive of their old tweets. The oft-requested feature has begun to roll out for all 200 million Twitter users, who should receive it in the next few days. It can be found as a button at the bottom of the “Settings” menu, which reads “Request your archive.”

Twitter then sends users an email with a link to download their archive, which can be browsed through an HTML Web link. Users also get copies of all their tweets in two file formats: CSV (comma separated values, which can be read by programs like Microsoft Excel) and JSON (JavaScript Object Notation, which can be used for software development). 

The new Twitter personal archive feature also allows users to download all their retweets (RTs) and filter their old tweets by select usernames, hashtags and keywords through the HTML view. As Twitter explained:

Once you have your Twitter archive, you can view your Tweets by month, or search your archive to find Tweets with certain words, phrases, hashtags or @usernames. You can even engage with your old Tweets just as you would with current ones.

Twitter also invited users to share their archive favorites under the hashtag #TwitterArchive. The move makes good on Twitter CEO Dick Costolo’s earlier stated promise to have a downloadable Twitter archive for users by the end of the year. 

(H/T: BuzzFeed

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