Twitter to Allow Access to Old Tweets and Download Them

If you ever wanted to read a tweet that you posted a few months ago, then you’re out of luck. Unfortunately, Twitter lets you access only the last few thousand tweets that you made, and anything beyond that is not shown.

However, Twitter is now working on a tool that will enable its users to download (Twitter backup) their entire Twitter history, right from the beginning to the last tweet you posted. Twitter’s CEO Dick Costolo said in a meeting with The New York Times, “We’re working on a tool to let users export all of their tweets. You’ll be able to download a file of them.”

This is a great move from Twitter. Allowing to access older tweets is what users have been wanting from a long time. Currently, Twitter users rely on third-party services which help them take backup of their tweets, however, that process is a little cumbersome. Some of the third-party services that enable Twitter users to access their Twitter history are oldtweetsBackupMyTweets, and Beckism.

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While the Twitter team is figuring out a way to let users download their old tweets, Costolo said that the feature will not be released anytime soon. However, he was confident enough that such a feature will be made available to its users, who will be able to look through their entire history of tweets.

“It’s two different search problems,” he said. “It’s a different way of architecting search, going through all tweets of all time. You can’t just put three engineers on it.”

Other social networking sites allow its users to download their information present on their site. Facebook has the Download Your Information tool, while Google has introduced the Google Takeout feature, which “allows you to download a copy of your data stored within Google products.”

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