Twitter working on a tool that allows users to retrieves old tweets
Twitter is reportedly working on a new feature that will enable users to see their whole tweet history. According to Twitter's CEO Dick Costolo, the new tool will help users to download a file of their twitter history.
As of now users can only check out the last few thousand tweets. There are some third party sites and apps that enable users to have a backup of their tweets, but they are mostly costly and tedious. Third party sites such as Politwoops enable users to see history of tweets of certain people. One recently released site, called oldtweets, allows users root through some of the first messages ever sent through Twitter’s servers.
It may be noted that Facebook already has a backup system, called expanded archive, for its users in place. Facebook users can import an archive of their Facebook photos and messages whenever they want. The archive includes photos, messages, videos, wall posts and friends and email addresses of them. Facebook recently also updated its Download your Information tool.
Twitter over the years has grown significantly and become one of the most effective modes of communication on the web. Obviously, Twitter required a similar sort of feature for its users. The micro-blogging website which recently completed its six years now boasts of more than 140 million users across the globe.
Costolo further says the new tool will allow users only look at their own tweets, not explore other users' backlog of posts. Costolo did not reveal when the tool will be released but he did confirm it was being developed.
Source: The New York Times