February 25, 2013

Download All Your Tweets and Information on Twitter

Twitter... Don't you talk about it? I can see conversations about Twitter everywhere and seems like it's a trending topic lately among my friends as I can see my friends talking more about it at the time I write this post. +Lisa Buben has invested her time to research and compile materials to publish an eBook for Twitter folks to get started and tweet better, and +Adrienne Smith shared her cool Twitter tips to take advantage of Twitter. Now you don't wanna miss them ;) If you are a Twitter user, I have a fun question for you. What if your Twitter account get hacked?

Online Data Security

Have you been thinking about the security of your data stored in Social Media accounts? Mmm... You might be in danger, but you never know until you get hacked or find your data has been lost.

Facebook is a social platform where we find a lot of spammy activities going on eventhough you never notice after all. But friends do and may let you know about unwanted content being shared by your account. Facebook let you secure your account to prevent end up being hacked, or if you feel you get hacked after all. Before all that, you can download all your information stored on Facebook. Didn't you? Download right now and keep it safe.

How about Google+? As Google+ is associated with your Google account you can backup your data as follows... Oh wait... +Jan Bierens will let you know why and how to backup your data on Google.

Oops... I was way away from the topic today - Twitter? No, I'm in, but reminding you about security concerns on other online profiles.

Twitter Backup

I'm asking you again ~ What if your Twitter account get hacked?. It's always better you get away from spammers on Twitter. Don't let them come in and mess up with your Twitter profile. The idiom always comes into play, "Prevention is better than cure". Wouldn't you love if you can backup your Twitter profile?

There are numerous third-party tools that let you backup all your tweets. I didn't know about it until coming across a post directly shared by +Frank Woodman Jr back then with list of third-party Twitter backup tools. I've found some reliability issues when I try to use them with my profile, but they were working for some other tweeps though.

But now you don't need any third-party tools if you are looking for backing up your tweets. Twitter allows you to download all your tweets and retweets. However it's all about backing up your data and Twitter has no capability to restore you backups though.

Twitter archive is not only about downloading and keeping it in a safe place. You can make use of it anytime. You can navigate through all your tweets month by month, and best of all, you can search all the tweets of yours related to a specific term. When it comes to usual Twitter profile, I find it's hard to get listed all tweets of mine for a specific search term even in Twitter advanced search. That's a cool feature from my point of view. How about you? ;) In addition to searching and accessing tweets, you can view your account details and interact with your old tweets like you do online. Just wait... Let's talk about it all with the steps ;) Shall we?


1. Log in to your Twitter account.

2. Jump to Twitter Account Settings page.

3. Scroll down and find Your Twitter archive option.

4. Now click Request your archive button to request your Twitter archive.

5. You will get a pop up box confirming your request is successful.

6. Now you will be asked to enter your Twitter password. Enter your password and click Save changes.

7. You will get an email to email address associate with your Twitter account. Open the email and click Go now.

Note: If you don't see email from Twitter, it may yet processing. Check your inbox again in few minutes. If it's not there yet, go to Twitter Account Settings and click Resend email button.

8. You will be directed to your Twitter account again. Click Download button to start downloading your archive. It will be downloaded in zip file format.

9. Now extract your downloaded archive and click Index.html file to view all your tweets and information offline.

More Information:

* You can navigate through all your tweets in offline archive, month by month.

* Use View account details option to view information of your Twitter account in offline archive.

As you can see, you will find your Twitter username, user ID, description, location, number of tweets and when did you join Twitter.

Enjoy :-)

Awesome! Thanks for coming by and taking your time to read this post :) I hope you have learnt something today. Now you can share it with your friends and I'd love to hear from you too.

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Harleena Singh said...

Loved this info Mayura!

Honestly speaking, I never ever gave it a second thought that even my Twitter profile could be hacked. Yes, one thinks of Facebook because of the images or family pictures you might be sharing, but to think of all that you mentioned makes me rethink again!

I liked the way you explained every step to get it all done. Just as you mentioned, it must be easier to navigate through all our tweets month by month, or search all the tweets related to a specific term. But once you archive it, you would need to repeat the process or keep archiving it to update your account I feel - isn't it?

Oh yes...I did read Lisa's post and her eBook too, and Adrienne does share so much about how we can get better with Twitter. I guess with all you people, it becomes so much easier for us to learn about these things. Thank YOU to each one of you. :)

Thanks for sharing this with us. :)

Donna Merrill said...

Thank you once again Mayura.

Never thought about backing up my Twitter account. I had an account for years, but just used it to tweet blogs I read. Adrienne had explained to me the importance of Twitter and introduced me to Triberr. So I started to actively use my Twitter account for the last 3 months.
Hmmm so now another platform to protect from spammers. I didn't give it a thought until you pointed this out.

But, no worries you have given me that step by step process to fix that problem. Ahhh another to-do! But of course, I greatly appreciate it Mayura.
Thanks once again,

Sapna said...

Hi Mayura,

Great idea shared from Tech University!

I have never given an iota of thought of keeping the backup of social media site like twitter and facebook? But the way you have explained will surely come in handy. My Question - IS it possible to restore the backup if I loose data on twitter?I really don't know whether this question makes a sense?

Thanks a lot for the insights.


Shorya Bist said...

Hi Mayura,

Thanks for sharing this information, i never knw it before, for the first time i came to know that we can save backups from Facebook. Actually i not using twitter much so never got any chance to explore this , But surely i will try now.

Thank You
Shorya Bist
From Youthofest

Lisa Buben said...

Mayura, this is so cool. I got to the request your archive and got this message "You recently requested a download. Please wait a little while before requesting another one." and nothing else came after it? Maybe it will take some time to download, I do have over 44,000 tweets :) I can't wait to see it! Thanks for sharing and for the mention too.

The-M~Y~B said...

hI brother..

i have seen it on my account but i am so lazy that i didn't try to do that, but after your post i think i must do it, before it is too late to react. thanks for the post.

Corina Ramos said...

Hi Mayura,

Thanks for telling us about this feature. When I first joined twitter my account was hacked in the second day. When I attempted to login I received a message that my account was hacked. I had to create a new account but thankfully since I was so new to Twitter I hadn't put anything in my profile or tweeted anything so whoever hacked into my account didn't get anything out of it ;)

I'm going to go in a request my archive with the steps you've provided it will definitely make it easier for me or anyone else who may be a new Tweep, I love that term :)

And I agree about Lisa and Adrienne, these are two Ladies you want to follow! Have a great week :)

Mayura De Silva said...

Hi Harleena,

I used to think "Why would we need it after all?" too dear :) It's just bunch of texts and as you implied, unlike Facebook, we have no very personal data to keep away from everyone. But we need to ask ourselves, whether we need it or just ignore and move on :)

When you download your archive you would see how easy it is to navigate Harleena :) I was exhilarated of the fact as we can find our old tweets but none of others. The post link shared by Frank was hidden under my tweets long ago and I couldn't find on online Twitter profile, but via archive :)

You are right :) We need to keep backing up as it keeps updating dear. You can delete your older archive and keep the latest one with you.

I wanted to add Lisa's and Adrienne's posts as they relates to Twitter and I've found very helpful tips there. I'm sure you are enriched with all of 'em Harleena :) Of course, with no knowledge being shared, we'd see no progress in ourselves in every aspect.

Thanks for coming by and adding more value to the topic as always through your views and thoughts Harleena :)


Mayura De Silva said...

Hi Donna,

I remember you have been bookmarking posts about Twitter as you wanna build your authority there as well dear :) I'm really glad you are now much familiar with it after 3 months and I'm sure you will rock it as you do on Google+ and Facebook. We learn and apply, nah? ;)

You'd love it Donna :) Download your archive and see how useful it could be. We might never know when it can be hacked as there were incidents with loss of data.

Now you are the techie Donna ;) You can do it easily and keep it in a safe place. Ha ha... It's just few clicks dear ;) May be you already did, eh?

Thanks for coming over and contributing to the conversation with your thoughts and experience Donna :)


Mayura De Silva said...

Hi Sapna,

Ha ha... You and Donna always remind me of the University ;)

Of course, it makes sense Sapna. Well, the backups are just to keep with us dear :) It doesn't allow us to restore back though. You can download both archives on Facebook and Twitter, and keep it with you in case you need it.

I hope you will download both of your archives and as you can go through after downloading, you'd find some uses there ;)

Thanks for coming by and adding your thoughts with a useful question Sapna :)


Mayura De Silva said...

Hi Shorya,

There you go mate :) I hope you will enjoy the Twitter platform as you start to engage over there.

Alrighty... Now you can go and backup your Facebook data and why not, give a try to Google too mate :)

Thanks for coming over and adding your comment to the conversation Shorya :)


Mayura De Silva said...

Hi Lisa,

No dear, nothing comes after and you just need to wait for the email. Ha ha... Be patient ;)

44K is not a small number. Gosh you tweet that much? ;) I have a long way to go to come with such a number.

The archive may take some time to process but the size won't be a exceed 50 Megabytes as I think. Anyway I hope you already got that :)

Thanks for coming by and contributing your thoughts on this topic Lisa :)


Mayura De Silva said...

Hi Yaseen,

Ha ha... I hope you like to download it and see how it works for you mate :) You can find information about your own profile and why not, all your tweets with you.

Thanks for coming by and sharing your comment on Twitter archive mate :)


Mayura De Silva said...

Hi Corina,

Here's the one you were awaiting for dear ;) Ha ha... Now you already have your archive I guess.

I'm sorry about being hacked on very first days (AND no worries at all by now, nah? ;)) and glad it wasn't issue at all for you. Ha... So you know why you need to secure your account. Always try to keep away from spammers Corina as it's easy for 'em to initiate by following you in first place.

Term applies for you as you are a tweepie too ;) I hope you will enjoy going through your Twitter archive and see what you have been tweeting since first day.

They are always add the value and glad we all are connected. Isn't it Corina? ;)

Thanks for coming by and adding your thoughts and experiences on Twitter dear :)


RobG said...

Hello Mayura, nice post my friend, had that feature been there all this time or did they just add it?

It's good to be able to store the data from your Twitter account but maybe I miss it in this post were it shows you have to recover and restore your data if you ever get hack.

I been lucky so far but at least we have options now. Thanks so much for the great tips Mayura always helpful.

Sylviane Nuccio said...

Wow, that's a great post, Mayura. I had no idea you could back up your twitter account and someone getting into my twitter, I have to say, is not something I've ever thought about.

As you said, better save than sorry. I guess I'll have to look into that!

Thanks for this great info, Mayura!

PibblesNMe said...

Wow! This is fabulous Mayura and very helpful! I might go and try this out right now! Woohoo! I'm excited! Thank you!

JB said...

Awesome walkthrough, Mayura. That's something I will do for sure! Thanks for the link to the Google Takeout article and I added your walkthrough on there too!
Great job!

Mayura De Silva said...

Hi Rob,

This is a new feature mate :) Currently rolling out to everyone and I think US folks already got that.

It's a good option to save a copy of our tweets and information. Well, it depends on how you find it helpful after all and the archive is pretty impressive mate. Give it a try and see how it can be worthy for you :)

Thanks for coming over and contributing your thoughts on this topic Rob :)


Mayura De Silva said...

Hi Sylviane,

Yippy... You would love backing up yours, no? :) You will able to go through all your tweets and how about finding the first ever tweet of yours? ;) Can be fun too.

You are right Sylviane :) It's better to keep it safe, than regretting. I hope you would get yours ASAP :)

Thanks for coming by and sharing your thoughts about backing up and Twitter dear :)


Mayura De Silva said...

Hey Brenda,

Woo-the-hoo... Awesome, nah? ;) I hope you have already made it and downloaded your archive dear. I can see you are seeking your first ever tweet in there ;)

Thanks for stopping by and adding your thoughts to conversation Brenda :)


Mayura De Silva said...

Hi Jan,

I'm sure you would love to have 'em all with you mate ;) You will need few more space on cloud storage to place with Google and Facebook data. Well, not in Gigabytes of space though ;)

Your post was a timely one and the pleasure is mine as it's gonna help out readers here mate :) Glad I went there first time to add your post to Pocket. Else I won't notice until I stop by there to comment.

Thanks for coming by and contributing your thoughts on this topic Jan :)


Adrienne Smith said...

This is so funny Mayura because when I wrote my post on using Twitter to your advantage, and thank you for mentioning that one by the way, I wanted to go back and read the first few tweets that I had ever done. I found the download archive feature and downloaded all my tweets. I had a really good laugh going back through my first tweets even up to the first year. I was so pathetic back then. Yikes!

This is a great tutorial and had I not been in search of those I wouldn't have known you could even do this. It's really kind of fun too. You'll definitely see how far you've come.

Great share Mayura and again, thank you so much for the mention. I really appreciate that.


Praveen Rajarao said...

Mayura - Another great post from you, it is cool how you get in detail about the process and explain so that it can be easily understood.

I have never archived my twitter account and I think it is a good find and I will definitely try and do it every so often.

I read Lisa's eBook and it is just great, Adrienne of course has something for us with every post of hers. They are so motivating and full of information and you are nothing less.

Thanks again.

Sue Neal said...

Hi Mayura,

What a fantastic share - it's never occurred to me that anyone would hack a social media account!

You've given us a brilliant step-by-step guide - thanks so much; I will certainly have to give this a try.

Thanks for including all those other helpful links, too - great stuff!


Dan Black said...

Great and helpful post. I think social media is a great way to share our message while being careful not to spam. I'm going to implement your steps later tonight.

Neamat Tawadrous said...

Hi Mayura,

Wow, that's a great post, Mayura. I had no idea that we could back up our twitter account and I didn't know it can be hacked. This is something for sure no one would like to run into or even think about.

I'll have to look into that and get my backup data better than being sorry at the end. This is a great feature by Twitter.

Thanks for this great information as always, Mayura!

Be Blessed,


Tim Bonner said...

Hey Mayura

That's really cool. I never even noticed that you could download all your Tweets before.

I'm not sure I want to see the one's I wrote when I first signed up!

It's a shame that Twitter don't have a away to restore them.

Mayura De Silva said...

Hi Adrienne,

lol :D It's for everyone's advantage and I think it worth mentioning dear. As I said there, I see folks doing same mistakes over and over, so hope it helps them to do it right.

Glad to hear you had it and explored your older tweets Adrienne :) I think most of us can relate to you. I couldn't help laughing either :D Gosh... We have been through a lot and learnt through mistakes.

I'm really glad to hear this tutorial has been helpful to download your Twitter archive and you did it :)

Thanks for coming by and contributing your thoughts after following the tutorial Adrienne :)


Mayura De Silva said...

Hi Praveen,

I'm really glad to hear that from you mate. It's one of my objectives to let readers understand it easily :) I agree that some folks may find it kinda boring to read all the details but yet can be helpful, no? :)

I hope you will enjoy exploring your tweets after downloading Praveen :) As Adrienne said, it's fun too. It's cool that Twitter allows us to have 'em with us offline.

Cool... So you already know about it all and yeah mate, they both have lot of valuable information to share. Isn't it why we all connected and enjoy posts of each other? :)

Thanks for stopping by and adding your thoughts to the conversation Praveen :)


Mayura De Silva said...

Hi Sue,

Ha ha... Sometimes people may not aware about hacking when it happens to someone you know or yourself, no? :)

I hope you will have your Facebook, Google and Twitter accounts back up sooner dear. Explore 'em after backing up and I know you will find more uses of 'em for sure.

The links are definitely adding value here Sue. Isn't it? :) Hope folks may start doing things right on Twitter.

Thanks for coming over and contributing your thoughts on this topic Sue :)


Mayura De Silva said...

Hi Dan,

You said it right mate :) Absolutely spam needs to avoided. But spammers can 'cause us a lot of trouble unwittingly if we don't take it seriously.

I hope you will get your Twitter archive downloaded soon and enjoy exploring 'em Dan :)

Thanks for coming by and contributing your views on this topic mate :)


Mayura De Silva said...

Hi Neamat,

That's cool. Isn't it? :) Like you said, we need 'em to be safe than running into problematic situations after being hacked.

It can be, but may never happen. However with the help of backup you can have it all with you in case you need it and you find it awesome to explore yours.

I hope you will get yours downloaded sooner and yes indeed, it's a great feature Neamat :)

Thanks for coming and sharing your thoughts on backing up Twitter account dear :)


Himanshu Pandey said...

Excellent share dear! downloading the twitter-archive was never the subject of my thinking, but your post has forced me to do so.
Thanks for the post.

Mayura De Silva said...

Hi Tim,

I agree there as either Facebook, Google or Twitter allows us to restore 'em back :) May be they don't like to provide credentials as things can be mess up data servers with uploads from everywhere. However at least we can download 'em for right now and keep with us :)

Ha ha... I hope you will have some laugh mate ;) Get yours and see how it can be used. I've found many valuable tweets hidden beneath all of my tweets :)

Thanks for coming by, and contributing your views and thoughts about Twitter backup feature Tim :)


Mayura De Silva said...

Hi Himanshu,

I believe you will enjoy downloading your Twitter archive and exploring all of 'em again mate :) Safety is something we need to aware of and glad Twitter made it possible :)

Thanks for stopping by and adding your thoughts to the conversation mate :)


Angela McCall said...

Wow...I've learned something from you, Maruya. I just did that. I didn't know I could archive my twitter. You know my 1st twitter got hacked and that's when I just started blogging...I mean who would wanna hack a newbie who only have 576-something followers, right? Yup, they hacked me!!! but I caught it right away. He posted a couple of stupid vulgar posts and I was saying..."what the heck."

And so anyway, during that day, there was about 250,000 twitter accounts hacked and guess twitter had to turn OFF their stuff to STOP the hacker!! and so thank you so much for this post. I tweeted this...have a nice weekend!!!!


Mayura De Silva said...

Hi Angela,

Whoops... Sorry about your account getting hacked dear.

Sometimes they don't care who you are but trying to hurt the platform. Users become victims automatically.

What we can do is care safety and aware of who we follow and especially, followed by. If you are followed by a suspicious tweep, you better report that user, so Twitter will review 'em and remove if needed.

BTW I'm a newbie than you are then as my follower count right now is nearly 300 :D lol...

I hope you had yours and saved in your hard drive :)

Thanks for coming over and contributing to the conversation with your experiences Angela :)


Carolyn Nicander Mohr said...

Hi Mayura, This is very cool! I had no idea that I could archive my tweets and look at their analytics. Perhaps someday Twitter will have a way of restoring them, but for now, this is a very useful tool. Thanks for sharing this.

Mayura De Silva said...

Hi Carolyn,

Pretty cool indeed :) Yippy, Now you know. First it was Facebook, then Google and now Twitter to go with a backup.

I had the feeling why no one allows users to restore any of backups. Hmm... There are security concerns and users can misuse it to 'cause problems. So far, I think backup is a very good option for users :)

Thanks for coming by and adding your thoughts on Twitter backup feature Carolyn :)