If you’ve been using Twitter for a while you’ve probably posted a LOT of Tweets since the day you first opened your account.
After all, it’s not unusual for active Twitter users to post thousands of Tweets each and every year.
Have you ever thought it might be cool to have an archive of all of your Tweets, beginning with the very first one you posted way back when?
Or perhaps you have a business or legal reason for having an archive of all your Tweets on hand?
As luck would have it, the folks at Twitter have created a handy tool for downloading your entire Tweet history right to your computer, and it’s very easy to use.
First, follow the steps below to download the archive file:
1 – Login to your Twitter account.
2 – Click on the tiny thumbnail of your profile picture in the top right-hand corner of the window.
3 – Select Settings and privacy from the drop-down menu.
4 – The “Account” tab should now be open. If it isn’t, click the Account link at the top of the left-hand column.
5 – Scroll to the bottom of the page and click the Request your archive button. You should now see a confirmation dialog box explaining that you’ll be receiving an email containing the link to download your archive.
Note: Depending on the number of Tweets in your archive, it could take anywhere from a few minutes to several days for the email to arrive. If it doesn’t arrive after a week or so, go back to the settings page and click the Resend email button.
6 – After you receive the email with the download link, open the email and click the Download now button. A special page on the Google website should open that contains the actual download link.
7 – Click the Download link to initiate the download process. A dialog box should pop up asking you how you wish to handle the archive file.
8 – Select the radio button for the Save file option, then click OK. The actual download process should now begin. After the download has finished you should find a new zipped folder inside your browser’s Downloads folder that contains your entire Tweet history.
Note: If you can’t find the downloaded zipped folder simply press the Ctrl+J key combination to manually open your browser’s Downloads folder.
After you’ve located the zipped folder, follow the steps below to unzip it and view your Tweet archive:
1 – Copy the downloaded zip folder to your Windows Desktop.
2 – Right-click on the zipped folder and select Extract all from the drop-down menu.
3 – Click the Extract button.
4 – Double-click on the index.html file to open the archive file in your default web browser.
That’s all there is to it. Your archived Tweets should now be displayed in your browser in reverse chronological order (the most recent Tweet will be at the top).
You can now scroll through your Tweets just as you would on the Twitter website. Alternatively, you can select a month and year from the box on the right to jump directly to that month’s Tweets.
That’s all there is to downloading and viewing your entire Tweet archive, starting with your very first Tweet!
Bonus tip: This post explains how to download your entire Facebook history to your computer.
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