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Twitter's Giving You Your Data Back; Enables Archiving

In a move that mirrors some other social nets, Twitter has turned on the ability to download all your tweets—ever.

Twitter is enabling users to download an archive of all the content they've transmitted through its social networking systems.

Simply by visiting their Twitter profile on the web, then visiting the Settings page and hitting the "Your Twitter Archive" option, users activate the service. A personalized email then arrives with a link to download a zip file that contains the archive in HTML format, including each tweet's metadata—meaning it's searchable using standard tools.

Twitter's CEO had promised a few months ago that the archiving feature would eventually arrive. The initial archive system in use now has been released as part of a limited-scale test, so it may not appear in your particular profile. Ownership of content submitted to sites like Twitter has become a hot topic for various reasons, including data privacy and hacking, with Facebook under particular scrutiny due to the sheer volume of personal data users upload.

Would you download your Twitter data for fun? Are you tempted to process it to look for interesting trends and patterns in the way you tweet?

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  • Lauren Welles

    Being able to download all of your tweets is a great way to see what you've been writing over the past few years.  You can see if there are any trends with the things you post: life events, business news, world news?  Or do you just post whatever comes to mind?  Either way, being able to download all of your tweets will help you remember what has happened since you created your Twitter account. 

  • Carlin Davidson

    didn't work for me--curious to find out if it really was an option for others or how "limited" the test scale was...