Although many people are moving to the cloud, there are still a lot of users who prefer to store their files locally, even when it comes to internet-based services. According to Twitter's CEO Dick Costolo, one of the most-desired capabilities is to download a personal archive of all tweets. The popular microblogging service has begun to roll out the new feature, but only for a very small percentage of users it seems.
Twitter has finally provided the option to download all your tweets - twitter.com/nspeaks/status…— Navjot Singh (@nspeaks) December 16, 2012
Navjot Singh was among the first users to have access to the new feature, which is expected to roll out to all users before the end of 2012.
In case you want to check if Twitter included you in their preview, click on the gear icon on the Twitter homepage and choose 'Settings'. Scroll down to the bottom and look for 'Your Twitter Archive', where you can choose to 'Request your archive'. When you click the button, you'll get an e-mail with a download link as soon as Twitter has finished processing your tweet history. Then you can download a zip-archive with HTML-formatted pages of your tweets, which look like the interface you're used to. There are also JSON and CSV files in the archive which contain the metadata of every tweet.