Twitter users considering deleting their accounts have the option to archive and download all their tweets and DMs. Like Facebook, Snapchat and other social media platforms, Twitter also offers users the ability to archive and download their content whenever they want. The process is especially useful if users want to delete their Twitter account, as it ensures that they don’t have to lose years of messages, jokes, memes, and other interactions they’ve had with their fellow Twitter users. It’s especially relevant now, as many users want to leave Twitter after Elon Musk’s takeover.
The world’s largest microblogging site has often been criticized by users for not properly moderating hate speech and disinformation, but many now believe things will get even worse after the chaotic $44 billion takeover by Elon Musk. The billionaire has already implemented many changes in the company, not all of which have been well received by users. On his first day as owner of Twitter, Musk fired the company’s CEO Parag Agarwal, CFO Ned Segal and head of legal affairs and policy Vijaya Gadde. However, what has really gotten Twitter going is the proposed $8 monthly subscription fee for the blue “verified” badge that is currently available for free.
To download Twitter archive for any account, log into the site and then click the “More” icon (three dots) in the left navigation bar. Next, click on “Settings and Support” on the context menu and then select “Settings and Privacy” from the options. On the next page, select “Your Account” and then click “Download an archive of your data”. Twitter will then send a verification code to the registered email account. Enter that code on the next page and then press “Next”. Finally, click the “Request Archive” button to be able to download a ZIP file with all the Twitter data for that account.
Download all Twitter data
The process is quite similar on mobile devices, but there are a few differences. First, users need to tap their profile picture at the top left of the home screen to get started. Twitter will also ask users to confirm their password before sending the verification code to the registered email account or phone number. After the account is verified, Twitter will process the download request and send a notification to the user when the ZIP file is ready for download.
It’s worth noting that it can take Twitter several hours to get the ZIP file ready for download, with the actual time varying based on the amount of data the person has on the platform. Twitter says it can take up to 24 hours to get it done, but for most users it will likely take less than that. The ZIP file will contain an archive of the user’s account information, account history, apps and devices, account activity, interests and advertising data, offering users all their Twitter data in one place.
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