Twit­ter to let users down­load ar­chives

A new tool al­low­ing re­view of all ac­tiv­ity will be avail­able to all over next few months. Users who down­load their his­to­ries should find it eas­ier to search for par­tic­u­lar tweets and or­ga­nize the mes­sages.

Austin American-Statesman - - BUSINESS - Twit­ter

SAN FRAN­CISCO — Twit­ter is of­fer­ing its more than 200 mil­lion users a chance to keep a dig­i­tal scrap­book of all their tweets.

The tool, an­nounced this week, is de­signed to make it eas­ier for peo­ple to re­view all their ac­tiv­ity on Twit­ter’s trend-set­ting mes­sag­ing ser­vice.

When it’s avail­able, the down­load­ing op­tion will ap­pear at the bot­tom of each user’s set­tings menu.

Twit­ter, which is based in San Fran­cisco, said it may take a sev­eral weeks, or even months, be­fore ev­ery­one gets the fea­ture.

Af­ter a records re­quest is made, users will re­ceive an email on how to down­load their per­sonal ar­chive.

For Twit­ter’s ear­li­est users, the records date back to 2006 when Twit­ter started.

Twit­ter users al­ready have been able to pe­ruse their past tweets by nav­i­gat­ing to their per­sonal pro­file page.

But go­ing that route is more cum­ber­some be­cause it re­quires scrolling down a page that can some­times be slow to dis­play ad­di­tional tweets.

The com­pany said that users who down­load their en­tire his­to­ries should find it eas­ier to search for par­tic­u­lar tweets and or­ga­nize the mes­sages — by month, for ex­am­ple.

The new tool also should serve as a re­minder that a copy of ev­ery­thing peo­ple have tweeted still re­sides on Twit­ter’s com­put­ers.

Other widely used ser­vices, such as Face­book’s pop­u­lar so­cial net­work, also have been cre­at­ing dig­i­tal por­traits of peo­ple’s lives as more con­tent gets posted on their sites.

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