I’m sure you’re watching what’s unfolding over at Twitter. If you need to get caught up, this Twitter is Going Great! timeline website is capturing all the nonsense.
It’s not alarmist to say that we could lose this platform, and that it’s all pretty huge. Twitter has been around for 16 years and it’s hard to even think about quantifying the relationships, the traffic, the conversations and the data that our sector has built up there over the years.
For your organisation, it’ll be important to try to keep some of the data you’ve gathered there – the accounts that followed you and that you followed, the content you posted. Here’s how you can back them up…
Download your organisation’s Twitter data
You can download your data from within Twitter. Log into the browser version on a computer, and go to:
Settings and Support > Your account > Download an archive of your data.
Twitter will generate a file and it should be available to download within 24 hours or so. It’ll be a large file, so make sure you have space to store it.
In this zip file, you’ll find backups of:
- your account information
- all your tweets
- your Twitter likes
- your direct messages
It doesn’t include the accounts you followed and who followed you, so you’ll need to download those separately using a different service. Here’s how…
Download a list of your followers & those you follow
The web service Phantom Buster will allow you to export your followers, and the accounts you were following, to CSV files. It’s quite similar to Zapier, if you’re familiar with that. The free 14 day trial will let you run a few different ‘Phantoms’ to create these backups.
More details on how to use Phantom Buster, from this very helpful thread from Twitterer Tim Courtney:
This all feels awful, by the way – Twitter has long been my favourite social media platform by a serious distance. Even with its many flaws, there’s nothing else like it for connecting with smart, interesting, thoughtful people. I’ve made friends there that I would never have happened across otherwise. I’m hoping that this situation turns around and Twitter is saved, but the realist in me is preparing for it to be broken beyond repair.
What do you think and how is your organisation preparing? Tell us in the comments…