Most of us have sent out many thousands of Tweets, and while they tend to fall back into an out-of-sight history, it might be useful to export and view them in a better format than simply scrolling back page by page.
Twitter has a feature that lets you pull a complete archive of your Tweets, going back to day one. Better yet, it comes with a nice browser interface that lets you view Tweets grouped by month.
Ready to get your Twitter archive? Here’s how:
1. Request your Archive
Log into your Twitter account and go to the Settings page. At the bottom of the main settings interface, you’ll see a button to make your Request. Click it, and you’ll be informed that an email will be sent to you when the archive is ready.
2. Download your Archive
Just like it says, after a while an email arrives to let you know that your archive is ready for download.
Go ahead and click Download!
The file you’ll download will be a zip file, and likely have a lengthy name (something like “876060i560c9177f053.zip”, but longer). Once the download is complete, locate the file, and unzip it.
3. Browse your Tweets!
Unzipping the file you downloaded will produce a single folder that contains all of the data, and additional files to assist you with viewing. Open the folder.
If you want to go straight to your Tweets, open the “index.html” file. You’re ready to start reviewing every Tweet you’ve ever sent on Twitter.
For developers, or those who want to process their tweets with software, see the “README.txt” file and the “data” folder.
The possibilities for this kind of data are probably quite extensive. A quick search shows a number of sites offering to convert your Tweets into a book. If you have a Twitter archive that you need processed in a custom way, please contact me to see if I can help.
If you want to see more of my own Tweets, please follow me: @andrewhoyer