How to Save Tweets


Twitter lives in the moment. That is, this ubiquitous microblogging service keeps only 3,200 of your most recent tweets on its servers. Anything tweeted before that is history -- unless you save your tweets. That is why dozens of services have popped up over the years to archive tweets on separate servers and give users the power to download their own tweets as well as the tweets of others. Whether you wish to save a single tweet or back up the contents of your entire Twitter account, direct messages and all, a service exists for you.

  • Copy and paste individual tweets to a text file, and save the file to your hard disk.

  • Use a basic tweet backup service to index and download up to 3,200 of your most recent tweets as a spreadsheet (such as Excel) or PDF (such as Adobe Reader). You will enter your Twitter user name and password through Twitter OAuth to securely grant the service permission to access your tweets. See the Resources for some tweet backup services.

  • Use a tweet synchronization service to index your tweets on a rolling basis. As with a basic tweet backup service, you will be able to download your tweets as a spreadsheet or PDF. In addition, a tweet synchronization service will keep copies of all previously indexed tweets so that no tweets will disappear from this point forward. See the Resources for some tweet synchronization services.

  • Use a saved tweet search archive service to continually index a specific Twitter search. Services like these are not limited to searching your own tweets. For example, if you want to save all future tweets containing the phrase "San Diego Comic Convention," the hashtag "#comic-con" or the user name "@comic_con," you can do so using a saved search archive service. As with tweet backup and synchronization services, you can download and save files containing the results. See the Resources for some saved tweet search archive services.

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