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Twitter archive download feature begins roll out

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Twitter has begun the roll out of its new Twitter archieve feature, allow users to download the entire archive of their tweet based history.

The feature, which was promised by Twitter CEO Dick Costolo recently, is currently only being tested with a small percentage of users.

If it’s available to you, your archive can be downloaded via the settings page of the Twitter web client. It arrives in HTML format and is arranged month by month, dating back to the time that you began using the service. For early adopters, that could be as far back as 2006, ancient history in internet years.

It brings Twitter in line with the likes of Google and Facebook, which now also enable you to download your usage history.

Quite what you might do with it all is open to debate, but at least the option is now there for some people, and likely to roll out to all users soon.

It means you will be able to search back for keywords, find old messages, or track how trends have changed over just a few years. For heavy Twitter users it would mean having an accessible archive of what they said about an event in their life or in the news at any time since they starting sending Tweets.

Some web commentators have also speculated that different companies and start-ups could emerge to offer services to analyse or visualise your Twitter archive for you in various interesting or perhaps even alarming ways.

Let us know what you think about being able to access and store your entire Twitter history via our own Twitter and Facebook feeds or via the comments boxes below.

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