At the All Things D conference in 2011, Twitter’s Dick Costolo suggested that it was unlikely that Twitter would provide access to its enormous archive of tweets. I was disappointed.
Then in late 2012 Twitter allowed users to download their personal Twitter archives, which was a great step forward.
And now, as reported by Federico Viticci at MacStories, Twitter has opened up its entire archive.
Right now, old tweets can be found in search by switching to the All tab of the Twitter app, and Twitter supports a basic syntax to filter down tweets for users and dates. I was able to use two different search operators for usernames and dates:
- from:username – load all tweets sent from a user;
- since:2009-04-20 until:2009-04-21 – load tweets from specific days.
Good news! All the tweets are available! Bad news! All your embarrassing old tweets are available!