Twitter's Mollie Vandor of the User Services Engineering Team revealed on Wednesday that users can now download their Twitter archive. That's right. Every tweet and retweet can instantly be at your reading fingertips without having to jump online and wait for the Twitter engine to render a chunk of tweets in handfuls. Why would anyone want to sift through thousands of old posts? Ask the government: it's a gold mine.
"If you tweet, you may have found yourself wanting to go back in time and explore your past Tweets," Vandor said. " Maybe you wanted to recall your reaction to the 2008 election, reminisce on what you said to your partner on your 10th anniversary, or just see your first few Tweets. We know lots of you would like to explore your Twitter past."
Ok, we're sold on the idea. So how does one download their golden Twitter treasure trove?
"Go to Settings and scroll down to the bottom to check for the option to request your Twitter archive," Vandor explained. "If you do see it, go ahead and click the button. You’ll receive an email with instructions on how to access your archive when it’s ready for you to download."
As of this writing, there was no such option on my Twitter account (@exfileme). That's likely because Twitter is still rolling out the option to its millions of users, starting with a small percentage of users whose language is set to English. Over the coming weeks and months, Twitter will make it available to all users around the world, for all the languages the social network offers.
"This project was first built during one of our quarterly Hack Weeks," Vandor said. "Since then, we’ve done the engineering work necessary to make it available to Twitter users. We look forward to seeing the old Tweets you uncover. As you go through all of your Tweets, share your favorites using #TwitterArchive."
Too bad this feature wasn't rolled out before the world comes to an end on Friday – it would have made good reading material while we all wait for our doom.