Twitter is one of the most commonly used social media networking sites. It allows you tweet with multiple persons. But sometimes your tweets may get lost or be in a haphazard condition. But no one wants to lose the precious private comments and it is always to do a backup of your precious tweets, and follower list as a precaution.
How To Backup Your Twitter Account:
Twitter recently announced the addition of an attribute which has made many 3rd party soft wares useless. This has affected many companies like Backupmytweet closed. Now I will tell you the method suggested by Twitter officials to back up Twitter details.
The method is very simple. Log to Twitter through a web browser and then navigate to your twitter account settings page. Then click on settings page. Go to bottom side of the page. There you can find a button to backup your archive. Just click on that link and then twitter will dispatch an email to your registered e-mail account which contains the complete backup of communications emanated to and from your account from the very starting itself.
The Tool called “twDocs” is used to back up selected files from your twitter account. The following formats can be saved namely Microsoft Office word, PDF, text format, HTML, XML, Excel and CSV. You can also save the full collection of tweets you received, your friend list and your DM list. You just have to select the twitter account you have to back up, select the sort of files you want to save and enter the no of file of each type you would like to save. The software will take care of the rest of the work.
You may customize the information from the output file. These custom fields include creation date, ID, reply-to, source, screen name and more. The output format of twDocs is very simple.
A well known popular paid service in this area is Backupify. It helps you to backup and save your online data. You can save information from a couple of social sites including LinkedIn, Flicker, Facebook, Twitter, Gmail, Google Drive, Yahoo etc. There is also a free option provided by this website. The free service provides free storage up to 1GB, a backup schedule that is carried out weekly and a full fledged customer care support. With the specific subscription amount you can get additional storage space, backup carried out daily, and support over email and phone. Each back up will have all the details attached to it. You can download it in compressed format – ie zip format or rar format & you may personally verify all the information in your social sites. It is one of the popular and rapidly growing services in the category of backup online tools.
One disadvantage of Backupify is that it does not store 100% information from your account. But its backup is almost similar to your original account.
Another popular service in this category is Watermark. It backups your tweet whether it is public or private. It is mainly used to backup twitter and it can be integrated with Twitter Application peripheral interface. The backup is arranged in the form of collections. You can save them, personally search them and even go through them. There is also a provision to sync the backup files with the Drop box so that you can access them from everywhere. Another option is by using Tweet Marker app to synchronize your tweet with Watermark. There is an additional option to embed App.net. This is mainly used by veteran users who use Twitter alternatives. This is how Watermark backs up your tweets. It is mainly used by Twitter account holders to back up the information.
Another popular candidate in this arena is TweetArchivist. Other than normal backup, it offers additional features like Analyzis-Search without logging in. It also monitors all your queries that you generate or receive. After analysis, the software builds a graphical output containing the most used words and the users in your account. You can backup daily. It also gives you the provision to publically publish the archive. This shows the output of Tweet archivist. You can see it contains lots of graphs. But do you really think whether this much graphs matter in the end?
Another most widely used tool for backup purpose is Tweet Nest. First you should have a server with MySQL 5.0 or higher versions and PHP 5.2 or higher versions to access this service. It is basically an open resource venture with lots of options for add-on support. It collects all the photographs and videos from your twitter account, all tweets, and all additional information like geotagging and archives it. You can even alter the GUI layout by reconfiguring the CSS. You can even create a customizable CSS and make the look of your choice. The up gradation process of TweetNest and the overall maintenance of the final back up data is simple task.
An additional option that you can use is Archive My Tweets. This uses mainly PHP and add-on component Twitter API. It backup all the tweet information monthly. It also stores additional information like Twitter profiles; all hash tags & all client information in the profile. It is open source software and you can free to do any code modification of your like and distribute it under GNU/GPL license. The installation procedure is very simple. There is a sample given by the developer for reference.
It is one of the most popular sites. It has a single time registration amount. The fee is varying and it usually increases as the no of users that has signed up. There is also a provision for a backup space update. This helps you to backup all you information. Also it saves bookmarks from Pocket, Delicious and Instapaper. The main focusing of this company is bookmarking industry. It also helps you to archive the interesting things in your social media sites. It saves lot of information than Twitter backup sites. But one disadvantage with this site is that it won’t give a full backup of Twitter.