Hello SErs! Harmony here. Happy Wednesday 🙂
After my debacle with Facebook last month (see my post HERE), I thought it might be helpful to write something on the importance of backing-up your social media accounts.
Honestly, even though I back-up my website/blog regularly, I never even gave a single thought to Twitter or Facebook.
Below, I show you how to make an archive of Twitter …
First, open the ‘Settings and Privacy’ option on the dropdown menu when you click on your profile image …
This will bring you to the following page …
Click on ‘Request Your Archive’.
You will receive the following message from Twitter …
In a short time, you should receive an email that contains a zip file with your entire Twitter account backed up. You will need to extract the zip file and open it.
You will see a few folders and buttons, like this …
If you click on the ‘index.html’ button, it will open up your web browser and bring you to your account. Please note, depending on how many tweets you’ve ever tweeted, it make take some time to load and respond …
As you can see, it gives me an archive of every single tweet I’ve ever posted since I began in 2013.
Unfortunately, this is where things get a bit fuzzy. I have searched and searched for what to do next, or if this automatically repopulates your feed without having to input each one manually (for me, this is definitely an impossible proposition). After all, as this page says, it is an offline archive of your tweets.
Also, there doesn’t seem to be a way of backing up your followers or follows. Which worries me, as I have 21.2K followers right now. I have tried saving the webpage, but only a limited amount of followers save, as the page is a live scroll that updates as you scroll down. Also, I tried a site called ‘Archive This’, but when I click on ‘My Followers’, the URL is a generic one: https://twitter.com/followers rather than linked to my profile. The same with ‘Following’, ‘Likes’, and all the rest. The only page that differs is ‘My Tweets’. I don’t know why Twitter has done this, but it means that Archive This and other such tools can’t archive my private followers page. All rather frustrating.
What my Googling did dig up is that various software programs do exist to help you out. They can recover up to 200 DMs (Direct Messages) as well as your tweets. Two stand out: Snap Bird and Tweet Download. At the time of writing, both remain free. Here is a Youtube video telling you about them: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gH9J8qkasKs
You can also request your Twitter Data. From the same page that you requested the tweet archive, go to the left-hand menu and select ‘Your Twitter Data’. This opens up the following a page that shows you information on blocked accounts, accounts that you’ve muted, lists you appear on, and your account details and date you created your account, etc. At the very bottom of the page, you have a clickable link that says ‘Request Your Data’. If you click on this, Twitter will send you an email when it’s ready, just like for your tweet archive.
What about Facebook, Linkedin, and all the others?
Here is a post that shows you how to back-up FACEBOOK.
Here is a post that shows you how to back-up LINKEDIN.
PINTEREST isn’t so straightforward and doesn’t have an archive tool. However, this webpage gives you some tips: https://heresthethingblog.com/2013/12/17/pinterest-tip-download-archive/
For other platforms, the best thing is to hit Google and see what you come up with.
I hope you all find this helpful. I wanted to try and get as much info as I could in one place for you to save you having to go through hundreds of webpages like I have, lols.
Thanks for stopping by!