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Even the ardent lovers of Twitter could have cursed the platform for not allowing them to download the tweets directly from the platform. It seems Twitter has finally got a fix to this. Twitter has started providing this option for downloading tweets as it was promised by their CEO last month. This is was officially confirmed in a press note issued by Twitter, but currently it seems to be testing this with a small community of users before doing a mass roll out.
As per the information coming in from those who have tried this feature, the new option is being given in the settings menu which would ask for users whether they want to ‘request for archive'. Once users choose this option, they will have a message displayed "You can request a file containing your information, starting with your first tweet.
A link will be emailed to you when the file is ready for download." Now this means that you will have the provision to download all your tweets which have been posted till date on the platform in a file.
One of the first users who have tried this feature has commented in his blog that once the file is ready, Twitter sends him a link once the archiving is done and he can download the zip file clicking on the link provided. Unzipping the file will give the archive in html form and you can see all your tweets sorted calendar-wise, that is sorted as per its date of posting.
With this archive feature coming forth, Twitter joins Facebook and Google who provide this kind of archiving facility to users. As it was reported earlier this feature was promised by Twitter CEO Dick Costolo a month back when he was speaking at an event in University of Michigan.
He also explained why his engineering team took some time to release this feature. They had the challenge of addressing the volume as around 350 million tweets are posted per day.
Now an archiving engine which could handle this volume and speed could have been a huge challenge for Twitter team. Let us appreciate the team for keeping their promise and delivering this feature before the year end.
Your tweets would remain with you now fully secured and archived when this feature is made available for all users in a few days time.