Twitter to add way to download old posts

Are you a Twitter power user? Do you use the service to post 10 or more messages a day? If that's true, then you also know that Twitter only allows people to access their first few thousand posts made on the social networking service.

That may change soon, at least according to the company's CEO Dick Costolo. The New York Times reports that according to him, "We’re working on a tool to let users export all of their tweets. You’ll be able to download a file of them."

That will certainly be good news for heavy Twitter users, along with people who just want to go back and see what they posted about a few years ago, when Twitter started becoming more and more popular.

There's no word on when this new feature will be introduced. However, Costolo did say that the company would not offer a similar way to search through every one of Twitter's older posts, saying, "It’s two different search problems. It’s a different way of architecting search, going through all tweets of all time. You can’t just put three engineers on it."

Twitter currently has 140 million active users so we suspect that when this post archive download feature is released there will be quite a demand for it.

Source: New York Times

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The first few thousand tweets should be roughly two years worth, I think that's enough for most people. Perhaps they could allow all tweets for popular users to be shown/searchable with a threshold of eg 10,000 followers. So they don't have to index spam/pointless tweets that no one will ever be interested in.

This will make it so much easier for LEOs to ascribe subversive behaviour to those lawfully protesting (and find their circle of fellow deviants). Right now they are hampered by the same restrictions everybody else is. How much would they want to trawl through everything?

I never knew you could only access the first few thousand. Then again in my 3 years on Twitter i've only made 200 or so Tweets so can easily see my first.

Could be handy for people who make 200 a day, then again if you post that much rubbish you probably won't want to look back.

Anyone else impressed it's hard to index these Twitter messages whilst Google indexes and often caches the "whole" web?

Twitter is a joke, the fact this can't be done until now is sad...

GS:mac

Glassed Silver said,
Anyone else impressed it's hard to index these Twitter messages whilst Google indexes and often caches the "whole" web?

Twitter is a joke, the fact this can't be done until now is sad...

GS:mac


Google's entire purpose is to index sites, so it's coded for that exact purpose and they invest billions in it. Twitter doesn't.

Xerax said,

Google's entire purpose is to index sites, so it's coded for that exact purpose and they invest billions in it. Twitter doesn't.

Jesus Christ, for Pete's sake they offer a communication service, the least they could think of is finding your conversation history and ACTUALLY the public history in complete from others.

Thank God I'm using a client to log my Twitter usage.

Doesn't take billions to have a proper history of your kilobytes of conversation.
Email providers can do it, too.

GS:mac

Glassed Silver said,
Thank God I'm using a client to log my Twitter usage.
So "Twitter is a joke," but you still use it? You hypocrite.