To all you prolific tweeters across the Internet: That witty remark you made about Aunt Kelly will not be sucked into the black abyss of Twitter’s infinite universe. At least that’s what Twitter CEO Dick Costolo promised The New York Times on Tuesday.
With over 140 million active users, Twitter’s resources are such that the service only recalls the last few thousand tweets made to the site. But a new tool planned for the future will let users export all their past tweets, spanning all the way back to day number one.
“We’re working on a tool to let users export all of their tweets,” Costolo said. “You’ll be able to download a file of them.”
That’s certainly good news for folks looking to capitalize on their tweeting history.
While Costolo and Co. are working to develop a tool to let users archive their own thoughts, it’s unlikely you’ll be able to archive past tweets of other users.
“It’s two different search problems,” Costolo said. “It’s a different way of architecting search, going through all tweets of all time. You can’t just put three engineers on it.”
Unfortunately, Costolo didn’t share a timeframe of when the tool might be out. However, he is confident such a service will happen. Until then, you might be better off writing your thoughts down into a notebook. You know? Pen (or pencil) to paper. I know, the notion is archaic.
[via The New York Times]