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Twitter tweet archive download tool coming before end of year

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 23 Sep 2012 16:13

Twitter tweet archive download tool coming before end of year In July, Twitter CEO Dick Costolo let users know that the company was preparing to unveil a new tool to download all your old tweets.
Today, the exec says that tool will be ready for general release before the end of the year.

As any active Twitter user knows, it is currently almost impossible to find your old messages, even after a few days (or weeks). The exec told reporters over the summer that the microblogging giant will soon be adding the tool to allow users to download a file that includes all their tweets since joining the service: "We're working on a tool to let users export all of their tweets. You'll be able to download a file of them."

While users would be able to check through their own archives, Costolo says he does not anticipate the company letting its users have access to the archived tweets of other users. He added that search issues are a whole different monster and you "can't just put three engineers on it."

Many active users have long requested a download tool for their archived tweets, and it is even law in the EU. Users in the EU who have asked for the tweets have been sent a zip file containing your account details, tweets, favorites, direct messages, lists and saved searches. This alone means the company certainly has the capabilities to create such a tool.


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