We’ve written fairly extensively about Twitter here at ProfHacker. (Just take a look at the archive of our posts that have been tagged “Twitter.”) A challenge of this medium is how to keep your Tweets — should you be inclined to do so — in long-term storage. I joined Twitter five (!) years ago this month, but I’ve only recently started trying archive what I write through this otherwise ephemeral outlet. While you can be sure that your Tweets are being saved online somewhere by someone (whether it’s Twitter, the Library of Congress, or some other entity) you cannot necessarily access those archives, and you might want to keep your own collection just to be on the safe side.
There are a number of different strategies for archiving your Tweets. Jason has explained how to use the iPad app Tweet Library, for example. Mark has shown us options for archiving Twitter on your own server. ProfHacker friends Martin Hawksey and Janine Utell have also created workflows for saving your Tweets: Martin’s system involves a Google Spreadsheet while Janine makes use of TweetLibrary and Storify.
However, I recently stumbled across a dead simple solution using Dropbox (a ProfHacker favorite from way back), a plain-text file saved on your computer, and IFTT (the incredibly useful web service with the unfortunately awkward name). You’ll need just three things along with your Twitter account:
That’s it! You’ll end up with a plain-text file in your Dropbox folder that updates every time a Tweet goes out from your Twitter account. It’s simple, easy-to-use, and easy-to-search. You can customize how each Tweet is stored, but the default is to capture the content of the Tweet, the date and time of publication, and the URL for the online address where Twitter published your Tweet.
How about you? Do you use a system other than the ones described above to archive your Tweets? Do you, instead, not worry about archiving them? Please share in the comments!