There has been talk for some time now that Twitter would grant users the ability to download all of their tweets, but for the longest time we have yet to see this functionality roll out. Twitter’s CEO Dick Costolo actually promised to have this functionality available to all users by the end of the year, but as we move into the second half of December, we have yet to see anything.
According to various user reports however, Twitter has just started rolling out the ability to archive tweets within the last few days. The strange thing is that there doesn’t seem to be a pattern to this rollout and because of this it is safe to assume Twitter is selectively testing the functionality before it is officially rolled out to the masses.
As Costolo has promised to roll out this functionality by the end of December, it is likely it will officially go live within the next couple weeks. In the mean time, you can check to see if this functionality has been enabled for you, and if it is learn how to back up your tweets from Twitter the official way.
Step 1) - The first thing you will need to do is login to Twitter on your desktop computer and click the Settings icon in the top right hand corner of the screen. From the drop down menu click on Settings.
Step 2) - Next scroll down to the bottom of the page and look for a section labeled “Twitter Archive.” If you see this section then it means your account has been granted archive functionality. Those of you who don’t see this section will simply need to check back at a later date.
Step 3) - Initiate the process and once your archive has been crated you will be emailed a link where you can download your tweets. This email will be sent to whatever email address you have on file. Once you receive this email you can download the .zip file containing all of your tweets in HTML, CSV and JSON.
Your tweets should now be successfully backed up to your computer. Were you able to backup your tweets using this official method? Drop us a line in the comments.