One of the not-so-cool things about Twitter is its archive and search functionality. It doesn’t provide a way to backup your tweets within its interface, or a way to revisit your “very old” tweets.
And in case you were wondering, Twitter updates do get deleted sometimes. So that’s another solid reason for backing up your tweets, apart from the main reason – ability to easily access your old tweets.
Thanks to the various Twitter backup tools (and tricks) available, you could effortlessly archive your Twitter updates.
Lets discuss these 4 cool tools and tips one by one.
Backup Tweets with RSS Reader
Twitter lets you generate RSS feed for every Twitter profile. You can find the RSS link on the right sidebar of your Twitter homepage. You can also visit other users’ profiles and find their Twitter RSS feed link. Click on the RSS link.
A page will appear as shown in the screenshot below. Copy that address. You have to paste this address in your RSS feed reader.
Now sign in to your Google reader account (or any other feed reader for that matter). On the left, click on “Add a subscription” link. Paste the address you copied in the previous step and click on “Add” button.
Now Google reader will index all your tweets. Note that it will not backup your old tweets. If you want to take backup of your older tweets too then check out the next tool.
Tweetbackup is a great Twitter backup web app. It stores your tweets in the cloud and you can export them in CSV, RSS, Text, HTML formats. You can use it easily via the secure Oauth authorization process. No need to give your password. It will backup your last 3200 tweets. It can backup as many Twitter accounts as you want.
Tweetake is a nice tool that downloads all your tweets, DM, favorite tweets, followers, friends etc on your computer. It exports the data in CSV format. It requires secure Oauth authentication process too.
Backupify, which we’ve discussed before, is a feature-rich tool that can not only backup your Twitter tweets but also your Facebook stream and Flickr photos. It stores the backup on Amazon servers.
It creates an XML file for all your twitter updates (previous updates too). Its basic version with 2GB storage comes free of cost and Premium version with 10GB storage is also free till it is in beta.
So that’s how you can backup your Twitter updates effectively.
Have you used any of the above mentioned tools? Which of the above 4 you find the most efficient? Let us know.
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