Twitter has changed the way we communicate. As years pass, as do the memories of all the tweets you fired off in different situations of your life. But Twitter made a nice move back on December 19, 2012 in allowing users to download ALL of their tweets from the past, back to the very day they registered their profile.
Do you remember what your first tweet was? Probably. But how about your second? That’s a tough one.
Below is a simple, step-by-step guide on how to download your personal Twitter history. You can download all of your tweets. It’s that simple. So let’s get started, shall we?
See your entire tweet history with Twitter archive
Step 1. Head to Twitter.com and sign in with your account name and password. (You’ll have to do this from an actual browser, not an app.)
Step 2. Click on the gear icon at the top right of your Twitter page. A menu will drop down.
Step 3. Click on Settings.
Step 4. Scroll down the full length of the menu until you come to ‘Request your archive‘. Click it.
Step 5. A dialogue box will pop up informing you that your archive is being prepared and will be emailed to your when ready. You’re on your way!
Step 6. Check your email. You should have an email from Twitter. In the body, you’ll see this message below. Plan on waiting anywhere from 5-20 minutes for it to be delivered. Once you get it, click on the blue Go now button or click the blue link (doesn’t matter).
Step 7. A window will open up (you may have log in again) and you’ll see a blue download button. Are you really ready for this? Click it.
Step 8. A dialogue box will pop up asking where you want to save your old tweets. Hint: You’ll actually be saving and viewing these tweets OFFLINE, not on the web. So you have super privacy so no one can see the day you threw a tantrum and tweeted about it.
Step 9. Find the spot where you saved the .zip file. Double click it and a folder will be born right next to it. Open the folder by double-clicking it.
Step 10. You’ll see a mish-mash of files and folders. Don’t panic! All you need to care about is the ‘index.html’ file. Double-click it.
Step 11. Voila! A page will open and you’ll have a legend on the right separated by years and months. Click where you want. But remember, it looks like you’re on the internet, but you’re actually offline seeing this from your own computer.
Step 12. Yes, that’s correct. My first tweet was about my insatiable hunger and its victim…a breakfast burrito. Compelling stuff. Enjoy your past!
We want to hear what your first or second tweet was. Drop us a comment. For the record, ‘Matt’ was my meteorologist in Tucson, Arizona. He was brilliant at forecasting the weather, but we needed to work with him in understanding this ‘Twitter’ stuff.