Whether you are someone who tweets 1,000 times a day or only sends out a few tweets like our Pope, Pope Benedict XVI, Twitter (News - Alert) users are finally getting their wish with the ability to download and read their entire tweet history.
Back in July, Twitter CEO Dick Costolo (News - Alert) promised that the company would allow users to download an archive of all their tweets, and it appears Twitter (News - Alert) is slowly, but surely making good on that promise.
“We’re working on a tool to let users export all of their tweets,” Mr. Costolo said in a meeting with reporters and editors at The New York Times back in July. “You’ll be able to download a file of them.”
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The feature is currently in its test phase and is only available to a small percentage of users. That exact percentage is not known, but users can find out whether the feature is available to them by going to the Twitter settings page, and then scrolling down to “Your Twitter Archive” to request the file.
If users have the “Your Twitter Archive” option, then they are one of the early lucky ones who can download the file.
Once users select the “Request Your Archive” tab, a link will be e-mailed once the file is ready for download. The file, which will be a ZIP file, will be e-mailed to users for download, and will be in HTML format for easy readability.
The archive will also include CSV and JSON files, the latter complete with each tweet’s metadata. Once the HTML file is downloaded and opened, the page will look similar to the current layout on Twitters website.
Users will be able to search the complete archive, and will be able to easily browse their tweet history by month. The file, however, will not include direct messages.
Although the new feature is still in the testing phase, users seem to really be enjoying it and hopefully Twitter works out the kinks soon enough and introduce the feature to all of its users.
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Edited by Brooke Neuman