Download Everything You’ve Ever Done on Twitter

Last month Twitter announced it was officially rolling out its Twitter archive feature to users. The feature, one Twitter users have been asking for, allows you to browse every tweet you’ve ever sent. Twitter is rolling out the archive feature slowly, with the full rollout expected to take months to reach all users across all supported languages. Here’s what they said in its press release:

“It’s no secret: You make Twitter what it is. And if you tweet, you may have found yourself wanting to go back in time and explore your past Tweets. Maybe you wanted to recall your reaction to the 2008 election, reminisce on what you said to your partner on your 10th anniversary or just see your first few Tweets. We know lots of you would like to explore your Twitter past.

“Today, we’re introducing the ability to download your Twitter archive, so you’ll get all your Tweets (including Retweets) going back to the beginning. Once you have your Twitter archive, you can view your Tweets by month, or search your archive to find Tweets with certain words, phrases, hashtags or @usernames. You can even engage with your old Tweets just as you would with current ones.”

If you are peculiar on seeing when you tweeted the most, what your first tweet actually was, or are just curious as to what the archive interface is like, there are a few steps to downloading the archive. Here’s what you’ll need to do…

  • To see if your account has the archive feature enabled, log into your account and navigate to Settings. Scroll down the bottom of the page.
  • If your account is one of the lucky few, you’ll see a new “Your Twitter archive” section. Here you can then request your archive with the click of a button. An email containing a link to your archive will be sent once Twitter has your archive ready.
  • Follow the link in the email and download the ZIP file.
  • Open the ZIP file, then double-click the index.html file. Your browser will launch and you’ll have every tweet you’ve posted laid out in front of you in a month-by-month fashion.

I downloaded my archive and it was ready in minutes. My most activity seemed to be in August of 2010, right when the Brewers were getting hot, I was dabbling into WordPress blogging and I worked the Brandon Jennings basketball camp. I must have discovered how to effectively use #hashtags and tweet @users because of my high volume of tweets. I also discovered my first tweet, which was for Mark McConnell’s BA220 11 a.m. marketing class. The tweet was about an ‘unfaithful’ Tiger Woods and an energy drink label prank. Anyways, happy archiving on Twitter!

Thanks to the Twitter Blog and CNET post for content in this blog.

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