How to: ar­chive so­cial me­dia posts

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A LOT of thoughts, pho­tos and mile­stones are now shared on so­cial net­works. Sta­tus up­dates, posts and tweets have re­placed di­aries for some users, with im­por­tant an­nounce­ments shared­with on­line con­tacts even be­fore they’re writ­ten down, dis­cussed or cel­e­brated off­line. Those who don’twant to lose th­ese po­ten­tially tran­sient di­ary en­tries can now down­load them in a dig­i­tal ar­chive, just as long as they know where to ask.


Twit­ter re­cently in­tro­duced the abil­ity to down­load an ar­chive of ev­ery tweet you’ve made, but users have to ask for it. To have your ar­chive pre­pared, you must en­ter Set­tings, Ac­count, scroll down to the end of the page, and se­lect ‘‘Re­quest your ar­chive’’. A mes­sage will con­firm your se­lec­tion and warn that it could take a while to pre­pare your ar­chive. When it’s avail­able, Twit­ter­will email you a link to a zip file that you can down­load, ex­pand, save and read in a web browser.


Per­haps most likely to be used as a di­ary, it’s just as well Face­book lets you down­load posts you’ve shared, mes­sages you’ve traded and pho­tos pub­lished. Users can down­load th­ese by se­lect­ing Set­tings, Gen­eral, Down­load a Copy of Your Face­book Data and Start My Ar­chive.


While Instagram doesn’t of­fer this ser­vice on its site or apps, users can down­load their pho­tos with other ser­vices, such as In­staport. At In­, users can con­nect their Instagram ac­count and down­load all pho­tos shared to the site in a zip file. The ser­vice is free and re­lies on do­na­tions.


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