Twitter's 200 million active users can soon savour or cringe over every
single statement they've tweeted when the social media company begins
sending users their entire archive of 140-character messages.
English-language users have this service for now, but Twitter will
eventually send a download link containing the full personal archives in
one file to any user who asks, the company said on Wednesday.
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," Mollie Vandor, a Twitter engineer, wrote in an official
blog post Wednesday.
Since Twitter launched the service in 2006,
tweets have evolved from a tool for youngsters to chat about frivolous
things into a force for social change.
It has served as an
alternative to government-controlled media, for example, in the Middle
East. And during Superstorm Sandy this year, news organizations and
emergency response officials turned to Twitter as an essential source of
In 2010, the Library of Congress pledged
to preserve every public tweet as a matter of record a significant
undertaking, given that some 400 million tweets are dispatched worldwide
Bookending that archive will be one noted dispatch by
Twitter Executive Chairman Jack Dorsey, who is widely recognized as its
inventor. Dorsey, ignoring punctuation, brought the service to life
shortly after 1:00 p.m. on March 21, 2006 with a supremely pedestrian
update about his experimental social network.
"inviting coworkers," Dorsey wrote.
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