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How to save your data if Twitter dies

Have you checked your Twitter feed lately? It’s likely filled with people who are convinced that the service will stop working any minute now. And for good reason: Hundreds of employees chose to go home after new owner Elon Musk told them to “get super motivated” and work “long hours at high intensity.” Apparently, requiring employees to take a blood oath before closing their offices is not the way to win people over. It probably means it’s time to kiss your Twitter data goodbye — unless you go save it now.

While the platform can be criticized for little things like, oh, helping a small-handed real estate developer become president of the United States, the day Twitter will demise will be sad. After all, Twitter is a very vital tool for breaking news. Millions of people use it to find work and make friends. Without Twitter, there would be no Wagatha Christie, no @trainingNor Ed Balls Day. For those who have built a brand (or simply posted) on Twitter since it came online in 2006, seeing all that work disappear overnight is daunting.

Before you migrate to Mastodon, or delete your account completely (although, It also explains this topicopting out early may not be the best decision), there are a few steps you can take *to download your data if Twitter goes dark.

*At the time of writing. Who knows what will happen on Twitter in the next hour.

Request your data

The easiest way to save your Twitter data is through the site itself. To do this, go to Settings and Support, then Settings and Privacy. Go to your account, and there you will find an option to download your data archive. However, it should be noted that some users have expressed that this takes several hours at the moment. You can also download your Periscope data using the same method.

Your Twitter data will provide details of your activity over the years, from your first tweet to your last. It will contain basic information such as your username, email, and phone numbers, as well as specific information you’ve shared with Twitter, such as birthdays. It will also show you your login history, devices associated with your account, and accounts you’ve blocked or muted.

You can also use a little Twitter ingenuity to save what’s important to you. Do you have a favorite topic, like when? This man met the President of Ireland While, germ, intoxicated? Navigate to the page, press Ctrl + P on Windows (Command + P on Mac) and save the string as a PDF document. Thread Reader is also a good third party service for saving threads as blog posts.

Get a stretch

We’ll first warn about this tip with a disclaimer. Before downloading an extension, it’s worth considering what security and privacy protocols it runs on. Extensions can greatly improve your online experience – hey, AdBlocker – but they can also steal your data, change privacy settings, and generally wreak havoc on your browser.

For those who don’t want to lose friends, Listfollowers.com is a great tool for picking up followers, followers, and reciprocals. If you use Twitter bookmarks regularly, which saves your favorite tweets in an easily accessible timeline, dewey is a great tool for finding and organizing all of your bookmarks. Dewey also allows you to annotate your bookmarks to remind you why you are Favor tweeted about the Yorkshire Kardashians.

Save your videos

Although Twitter never made saving videos an official feature, there are plenty of third-party apps that can do the job. Memes will live long after Twitter folds, after all.

SaveTweetVid or TwitterVideoDownloader are good ways to do this on your desktop. For Android phone users, Tweeload is a relatively reliable Twitter video downloader, available for free on the Google Play Store. TVDL works with iPhone and iPad, although it can be a bit slow at times.