Why you should download your Twitter archive – and how to do it

Why you should download your Twitter archive – and how to do it

After Elon Musk became the owner of Twitter a couple of weeks ago, many changes have taken place on the platform, many for the worse.

First, the Twitter Blue experiment, which started and stopped several times, has been suspended for now after a number of fraudulent but verified accounts have spread on the social media platform.

Even Twitter Support is apparently having a hard time getting this under control.

Last week, the platform shared that it decided to add an “official” label to some accounts to prevent impersonation.

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Elsewhere, there is also cause for concern given the amount of layoffs of Twitter employees and contractors that have also occurred.

Casey Newton, the co-founder of Platformer, took to his Twitter to note that company sources informed him of the thousands of contractor layoffs.

“Company sources tell me Twitter yesterday eliminated ~4,400 of its ~5,500 contract employees, with cuts expected to have [a] significant impact on content moderation and the core infrastructure services that keep the site running.

“People inside are stunned,” he tweeted on Sunday (November 13).

People all over Twitter are worried about the possibility of the site suddenly being shut down, banned from their accounts and more.

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However, one way to help people avoid these problems is to preserve their Twitter archive, a collection of profile information, DMs, moments, follower lists and more.

Here is how it can be done.

First, confirm your email address by hovering over the “More” section, then scrolling to “Settings & Support,” followed by “Settings & Privacy,” “Your Account,” and “Account Information,” and see the email for present.

Then log into your account again in the same browser.

Then click the “More” section, scroll to “Settings & Support,” then “Settings & Privacy” and “Your Account,” before going down to the section that reads “Download an archive of your data.”

From there you will be asked to enter your password and press confirm. You will also be asked to confirm who you are with a code that can be sent to your phone or email. Once completed, request the archive.

When the archive file download is available, you will receive a push notification if the app is on your phone or via email.

Finally, go back to the “More” tab, then “Settings and Support”, “Settings and Privacy”, “Your Account” and press “Download an archive of your data”, which will give you a button to click on for a zip file of your archive.

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