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Twitter is a microblogging service. With each "entry" being 140 characters or less, the ease which which you can track the tiniest details of your life is amazing. The site has become very popular as a result.

The site is becoming so popular, in fact, that many people are deserting or cutting back on their weblogs to just use the Twitter service for what their weblogging used to fulfill; and with that comes rampant centralization, and with that, greater risk. Back up your tweets!

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Archives

There are currently a few archives (but only partially):

Backup Tools

  • Twitter enables you to request an archive of all of your tweets from the main settings page, which includes every tweet of yours (therefore bypassing the normal 3200 tweet API limit). This is then emailed to the account linked with the account.
  • Tweetake Using this tool you can back up your Twitter account. (Broken link as of December 2012)
  • Tweetscan Data downloads your Twitter archive from 12/2007 onward in CSV format (requires Twitter account login/password)
  • Python script using BeautifulSoup (Not usable anymore because of Twitter site changes)

Scraping

See Site exploration for details.

Vital Signs

Very stable, probably not going anywhere too soon without warning.

Library of Congress

The U.S. Library of Congress announced in April 2010, via its official Twitter account that it will be acquiring the entire archive of Twitter messages back through March 2006. [1]

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