It sometimes feels like once something is sent out on a social network, it’s in the cloud for good. However, there are ways to archive your tweets, so you can save a hard copy of your 140-character kernels of wisdom for posterity.
Not everyone will care to archive their tweets, but it can bea good idea if you want to keep a record of what you’ve said on Twitter. You might be running a business Twitter account and want to save your interactions with customers, or you might be using Twitter to write 140-character haikus that you eventually compile into a book. Whatever your reason, archiving your tweets is a pretty simple process.
Last week, we gave you three ways to view your old tweets. And, if you were intrepid enough to try them all out, you’d notice that two presented tweets in a search engine format, while the third displayed your old tweets in a TiddlyWiki format.
It’s this format, created by TweetScan that allows you to easily archive your tweets, along with simply viewing them.
TweetScan lets you backup your tweets, compiling your last 1,000 tweets into its archives. You can also choose to archive direct messages, favorite tweets, @replies and more.
Because it can only find your latest 1,000 tweets, it’s a good idea to start using TweetScan early, and update it once a month or so to ensure that it captures as many of your tweets as possible. Once you use it to backup your tweets, you will be able to view them, add notes and comments, and edit them in the TiddlyWiki format. You can even access them offline.
TweetScan is a free service that will archive your tweets, without requiring any coding knowledge or additional downloads.
However, if you’re a little bit tech-savvy, you might want to consider using ThinkUp to download your tweets for you. You’ll need a web server that can run PHP in order to use ThinkUp. We haven’t been able to test this one out yet, but it claims to offer the ability to download your tweets to an Excel spreadsheet, which would allow you to keep your tweets indefinitely.
Between these two tools, you should be able to archive your tweets for analysis, inspiration, or just record keeping.