Over the weekend, Twitter began testing a long-awaited feature: the ability to download an archive of tweets from your account.
Currently, you can only scroll through a few thousand of the tweets you’ve posted to the site. In September, Twitter’s CEO promised that members would be able to download all of their tweets by the end of 2012.
We should note that not everyone has access to this feature yet, as Twitter appears to be rolling out the ability to select users. To see if it’s been turned on for your account, go to Twitter settings and scroll down to “Your Twitter Archive” — if you don’t see this option, you haven’t been given the ability yet.
For those that do have it and wish to view all of your tweets in chronological order, go ahead and click “Request your archive.” Twitter will email you a download link containing a zip file with the archive in html format. Once you’ve downloaded your archive, you will be able to browse through tweets by month as well as search the complete archive.
While this likely won’t have a major impact on your brand, it’s a convenient feature for those wishing to look back. Twitter has confirmed that it’s testing the ability with a “very small percentage” of users and hasn’t provided any details on how quickly this feature is being rolled out.
Update: Twitter has announced that it has begun rolling out the option to download Tweets to all members. The feature will gradually become available to more people starting Wednesday.