Tech Talk: What Did You Tweet Four Years Ago? Twitter Allowing Users to Access Tweet Archives

December 20, 2012  |  

The Library of Congress has access to all your past tweets, why shouldn’t you? Twitter is rolling out the ability for all users to access the archive of all their tweets, including re-tweets, going back to each user’s very first 140-character post.

“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,” wrote Mollie Vandor, from the User Services Engineering Team, on Twitter’s blog. “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.”

After accessing their archive, users can view tweets by date, search for a specific word or phrase, and interact with their old tweets as if they were new ones. In the coming weeks or months, all users will have access to this feature and, once they activate their archive, they will receive an email with more information and instructions.

Meanwhile, technology companies are already starting to take advantage of this new feature on Twitter. Timehop, a service that sends users daily emails with their posts, status updates, and check-ins from that day a year ago, now allows Twitter users to upload their full Twitter archive to make the service more robust.

Everyone seems a bit nostalgic at the end of the year, so Twitter was smart to release this feature right now. But with the fast-moving nature of Twitter, will anyone really care about their past tweets in a couple years?

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