Twitter's 200 million active users will be able to savour or
cringe over every single statement they've tweeted when the
social media company begins sending users their entire
archive of 140-character messages.
Only English-language users have this service for now, but
Twitter will eventually send a download link containing the
full personal archives in one file to any user who asks, the
"Maybe you wanted to recall your reaction to the 2008
election, reminisce on what you said to your partner on your
10th anniversary, or just see your first few Tweets. We know
lots of you would like to explore your Twitter past," Mollie
Vandor, a Twitter engineer, wrote in an official blog post.
Since Twitter launched the service in 2006, tweets have
evolved from a tool for youngsters to chat about frivolous
things into a force for social change.
It has served as an alternative to government-controlled
media, for example, in the Middle East. And during Superstorm
Sandy this year, news organisations and emergency response
officials turned to Twitter as an essential source of
In 2010, the Library of Congress pledged to preserve every
public tweet as a matter of record - a significant
undertaking, given that some 400 million tweets are
dispatched worldwide everyday.
Bookending that archive will be one noted dispatch by Twitter
Executive Chairman Jack Dorsey, who is widely recognised as
Dorsey, ignoring punctuation, brought the service to life
shortly after 1pm on March 21, 2006 with a supremely
pedestrian update about his experimental social network.
"inviting coworkers," Dorsey wrote.