Twitter history archive available to some users
18 December 2012
A Twitter archive service promised by the micro-blogging giant has been delivered, letting users download their tweet history – but so far the feature is only available to an selective group of users.
CEO Dick Costolo has repeatedly said this year the feature would be active, but had not given a specific timescale. The service went live over the weekend, but only for a limited number of users, allowing them to get hold of all the tweets they ever posted in a tidy package, rather than having to trawl through their Twitter history.
Users can get hold of their archives by clicking a link in their settings. Twitter will then notify them by email when the file is ready, offering a link to a download.
This could be beneficial for businesses who want to review their social media campaigns. Various companies have already sought to mine Twitter to gain a better insight into brand management.
Earlier this year , social media data research firms Gnip and DataSift, which had both formed partnerships with Twitter, said they were able to go through tweet archives and find relevant information for clients. Both were selling mined data in packages and DataSift it was able to trawl tweets as old as two years.
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