Some Twitter Users Can Now Download Archives Of Their Tweets
redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports – Your Universe Online
Twitter has apparently started testing a new feature that will allow users to download their entire archive of posts, as some members of the social network reported having access to the option on Sunday.
The feature, which Dick Costolo, the social network’s CEO, had previously promised would be delivered by the end of 2012, was noticed by “several” Twitter users over the weekend, according to GigaOm‘s Eliza Kern.
Those members claimed that they noticed that they now had the ability to click a link on their settings page in order to request a compilation of all of their tweets, and that they were emailed a link once the archive was ready for download.
David Murphy of PCMag.com notes that it is not currently clear whether the feature is being slowly rolled out to all users, or whether it is merely a limited trial to which only certain users will gain access.
The archive itself is a zipped HTML file containing all of the tweets posted by the member’s account and is organized in chronological format, added Dean Takahashi of VentureBeat.
“Pulling up your tweet-filled HTML file in your Web browser gives you a screen that looks a lot like Twitter’s normal interface — you can browse through your tweets by month or search the entire archive for specific messages, and the archive even comes with a handy little graph to show you just how busy you’ve been on Twitter each month,” Murphy explained.
“Additionally, Twitter also tosses CSV and JSON files into the package that capture the metadata attached to any tweets you’ve sent,” he added.
According to The Next Web, the first Twitter member to report access to the archive download feature was the user @Psilosophy.
The website also received an email from another Twitter user, Navjot Singh, in which he shared a pair of photographs: one which he received telling him that his archive was ready for download, and another showing the interface of the archive itself.
“This is a much-awaited feature that users have asked for since Twitter’s beginnings in 2006, and a functionality that sites like Facebook already offer,” Kern said. “Longtime users of Twitter will find that it’s nearly impossible to access some of their earliest tweets, and there was previously no way to download all of a user’s tweets in a simple, useable format.”
“Certainly, it will be a big help to people who are interested in chronicling their lives,” added Takahashi.