Those who actively pay attention to the happenings within the social networking world, then you may recall Twitter’s CEO Dick Costolo making some murmurings a while back regarding a new functionality that would be coming to Twitter accounts to afford users the option to download all of their tweets. It seems that the latest update to the Twitter website would suggest that the company is staying true to their CEO’s word and have started offering a select bunch of users the ability to get an archive of all of their tweet history.
At the present moment in time there doesn’t seem to be any particular pattern emerging to suggest who may or may not be able to access their tweet archive, but considering Costolo’s dedication to getting this functionality in place across the board by the end of the year, it is feasible to assume that it will be rolled out to all registered Twitter members within the next few weeks. Follow the simple steps below to see if your Twitter account has been given this luxury yet, and get access to the tweet archive.
Step 1: The first step is to actually determine whether or not the account has been given the ability to download the tweet archive. Sign into a Twitter account through the Twitter.com website. Click on the Settings cog icon on the right hand side of the navigation bar and select Settings from the resulting drop down.
Step 2: Scroll down to the bottom of the Settings page. If you have a section that says "Your Twitter Archive", then your account has been activated with the new feature. Proceed to step 3. If this section does not exist then keep checking back over the next few weeks.
Step 3: The information alongside the Your Twitter Archive options provides additional info on the process: "You can request a file containing your information, starting with your first tweet. A link will be emailed to you when the file is ready to be downloaded". Select the button that is situated above the text to begin the process.
Step 4: After the process has been initiated, the user will be informed that the download link to the tweet archive will be sent to the registered email address when it has been prepared.
Step 5: When the link has been received, and the ZIP file downloaded, extract the contents from within the compressed file to get access to the tweet information. The archive contains HTML, CSV and JSON formatted tweets with the JSON version coming complete with all metadata that is attached to each sent tweet.
As time goes on, the feature should become readily available to most users who want to sift through their entire tweet history associated with their Twitter account.