How to: archive social media posts
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 Instaport.me, 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.