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Do you Archive your Tweets? (Used to be free now mainly for pay)

July 14th, 2011 4 Comments
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Last update to this blog: September 19, 2012: Many free Archiving options have disappeared
Only Google now offers options to set up free Twitter archiving: “Free Tools to Archive Twitter Searches“.

“Continued monitoring and analytics on archives is available for free as a 15 day trial. Beyond 15 days, an active subscription is required. For the duration of an active subscription, your archive will be continually updated with the latest tweets and analytics will be refreshed. An active subscription also allows the ability to download the archive as a spreadsheet. See below for prices. Downloading archives is not available with trial subscriptions and is only available as a paid service”. Bummer.

Please write a comment to this blog if you are aware of free archiving options.

Newsflash: On March 2, 2012, Twitter partnered with Datasift to make 2 years of Tweets availableRead more here:“Companies are now able to search and analyse up to two years of Twitter updates for market research purposes. Firms can search tweets back to January 2010 in order to plan marketing campaigns, target influential users or even try to predict certain events.The cost to businesses will depend on the company’s size, with Datasift’s entry-level package costing £635 ($1,000) per month for “individuals or developers”.”

 

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Obsolete post:

If you want to keep your own archive (for free) or an archive that is older than 2 years, please read the blog below for instructions! Does this scenario sound familiar to you?

  • You participated in a Twitter discussion or event, using a hashtag
  • Because there was so much great content in the discussion, you planned to go back to it later to use it as a basis for your next blog.
  • You go to search.twitter.com, put in the hashtag and the search comes up blank.

If this rings true to you, here some simple steps to archive your Tweets and quickly create blogs with them.1. Why are all your Tweets gone?Sara Perez already said it so well in her own blog on ReadWriteWeb, that I am quoting:“Did you know that your tweets have an expiration date on them? While they never really disappear from your own Twitter stream, they become unsearchable in only a matter of days. At first, Twitter held onto your tweets for around a month, but as the service grew more popular, this “date limit” has dramatically shortened. According to Twitter’s search documentation, the current date limit on the search index is “around 1.5 weeks but is dynamic and subject to shrink as the number of tweets per day continues to grow.”Also, @MartijnLinssen tweeted me: “Twitter limits: max 1,500 tweets or 3-4 days history”. So the availability timeframe for Tweets seems to be a moving target, from all the conversations I’ve had on the topic recently. Even more reason to archive.2. Is there anything I can do?Yes, there are many tools on the market that can help you archive your Tweets yourself. One that Sara also mentions in her blog has already found favor with me and my social media colleagues here at SAP, as it also gives you nice statistics on your Twitter activity (you can also archive Tweets for a certain hashtag):

  • The Archivist: This tool comes as a download as well as a hosted version. Simply create a search and come back whenever you need. You’ll get great statistics on all of your archived Tweets.

2.  Twapper Keeper provides a solid archive but no statistics and simply lists all your Tweets on one page (I have archives with the Archivist & TwapperKeeper; two archives are better than one).3. Is there an easier way to use Tweets for blogging than to cut and paste?Yes, while there are options to save your Tweets to WordPress, I was recently introduced to Storify, which makes the Twitter-Blogging process easy and appealing.Make sure to give yourself some time for your Twitter archive to load (at least a few hours). Then you can create a blog right in the tool by pulling Tweets from a Twitter stream on the page. 4. And one last tip: apart from the Library of Congress, Google also keeps your Tweets archived. While you can always search for a Tweet, my colleague Brian Rice showed me this trick today that gives you the archive (full disclosure, this search did not pull up all the Tweets, only the ones Google had crawled, which seemed like a small subset to me):Example: if you want to find all Tweets on the hashtag #SAPWorldTourIT, you can use this search string: Intext:#SAPWorldTourIT site:Twitter.com

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  1. Steve Rumsby says:

    I’ve been maintaining a Twitter archive for a number of years now. I’m surprised at how often I’ve wanted to search back a year or more for a tweet I sent, or more usually a tweet that was sent to me.

    I keep my archive in Evernote, which means I have access to it on multiple laptops, via the web, and on my iPhone. My current mechanism uses ifttt.com to forward tweets to evernote. I collect all of my tweets, all mentions and all of my favourites. There’s just too much information in my twitter stream to lose it. Archiving is essential!

  2. I use google reader as my RSS reader. I found, quite by accident, that everything you read into google reader is kept. I have a lot of RSS feeds, including some of my favourite twitter people, but there are two important ones;
    1) my tweets, and
    2) the search for my name

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