How To Backup Your Twitter Archive

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With the Twitter fail whale popping up all the time, you never know when something tragic might happen. No one want to lose all of their Twitter tweets, followers, or anything else for that matter. That’s why it’s a good idea to backup your Twitter archive on a regular basis in case of a Twitter mishap. As we all know, there has been numerous times in the past where users have lost followers, tweets, and DMs. Fortunately, you can make sure this doesn’t happen to you by using one of the following methods to backup your Twitter archive.

Tweetake

  • Enter your Twitter username and password.
  • Select what you’d like to backup (followers, favorites, DMs, friends, tweets, or everything).
  • Click the “Get “˜em!” button.
  • Choose where you’d like to save the file on your computer.
  • Open the file an you will get an Excel document that looks similar to the screenshot below.

Backup your Twitterings with Tweetake.

TweetBackup

  • Signup using Twitter oAuth which will let TweetBackup access your Twitter account.
  • You will then need to then enter your email address.
  • Once you’re logged in, you can add as many “profiles” (aka accounts) as you like.
  • You can then export your backup file, view your archived posts, restore a profile and change your settings via the different tabs.
  • Since TweetBackup is fairly new, a few features are not yet supported but will be in the near future.

TweetBackup - Free backup for your Twitter.

TwitterBackup

  • Download and open the Java application.
  • Once the window pops up, enter your Twitter username and password.
  • In the ‘file name’ field you’ll need to enter the name that you’d like your file to be saved as. If you are just updating a pre-existing file then just enter the current file name.
    Note: Make sure you have a .xml extension on the file name.
  • Enter a proxy if necessary – only if you connect to the Internet through a proxy.
  • If you have a lot of tweets to backup, it will take a little while since the program takes 1-minute breaks between each page of tweets that you have (It took 20 minutes for me.).

Backup your Twitter tweets with TwitterBackup.

FriendBackup

  • Click on the launch button.
    Note: You will need Java 6 to run this program.
  • Save and open the file then wait for it to download.
  • After running the file, a small window will open up.
  • Click on the backup tab and enter your Twitter username and password.
  • Then you can select what you’d like to backup (following, followers, DMs, tweets, and/or favorites).
  • You can also view your stats and export your backup file.

Backup your Twitter friends with FriendBackup.

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Twitter XML

TweetCrunch also has a handy method for backing up your Twitter friends and followers in three simple steps. You simple save an XML file from your browser and then open it in Microsoft Excel or any other spreadsheet software. If you’re looking for the quickest method to backup your Twitter archive, this is probably it. Below you can see how the table appears in Excel.

Backup your friends and followers on Twitter via Tweetcrunch.

TwitterSafe

If you’re looking for a newer method, there’s also TwitterSafe beta that is currently “down for maintenance” and has been for the past week. I’m not sure when they’ll be back online but it might be worth a try. Keep an eye for them.

Which method do you prefer or have used in the past? Please let us know in the comments.

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