If you’re a TweetBackup user, we’ve got suggestions below for where to shift your Twitter backups, as well as the scoop on why the shut-down is happening.
Backupify, the Cambridge, MA cloud-based backup, restore, and archive provider, acquired the Sweden-founded TweetBackup back in 2010. And now, Backupify is making moves towards its original core goal: to focus on enterprise services rather than lower cost/free consumer products.
And that makes total sense, seeing as Twitter has now made its own (free) archiving service widely available.
New signups for TweetBackup have officially halted, and existing users will have until June 28 to back up their Twitter data elsewhere, after which they won’t be able to log into their accounts.
After 45 days, TweetBackup notes, “We will begin purging the data from our Amazon servers.”
So what’s a TweetBackup user to do? You’ve got a few options.
– FrostBox: This service lets you back up anything from all the major social media networks, in addition to offering an online image editing suite, secure file sharing, and a dashboard to access and categorize all your social messages. FrostBox is now offering free, six-month licenses to TweetBackup refugees.
– SocialSafe: SocialSafe is another digital library service, also offering TweetBackup users a special six-month free trial (usually it’s only 60 days). You can use SocialSafe as a backup machine, and also dive deeper into all that aggregated data using advanced search. Read more in my review here.
– Ditto from Norton Labs: Norton’s social backup system is officially recommended by Backupify. It’s a free service from the Symantec family, offering Twitter, Facebook and Gmail archives with automatic weekly backups.
– Twitter’s official archive service: Back in December Twitter began rolling out its long-awaited Twitter archive feature, which allows users to download a complete index of every tweet they’ve ever sent from their profile (including retweets), going all the way back to the day that they joined. The feature has now rolled out to all users. However, third-party social backup services do often offer more detail that’s not available in the native Twitter archive (mentions, DMs, favorites, followers and people that you follow, unfollowers).
Check out TweetBackup’s FAQ page for more info.