Internet users should archive their favorite tweets, according to several specialists
The rumor of the imminent shutdown of Twitter is circulating intensively on social networks.
Tweets from celebrities have traces in the media, tweets from political figures are preserved in archives. But what about the publications of simple Internet users? As rumors swirl about Twitter's impending collapse, experts are calling on Twitter users to keep a copy of their favorite tweets.
Top trending on Twitter since Thursday night is the hashtag #RIPTwitter, which emerged following a cascade of staff departures from the social network. These people were discouraged from continuing their engagement with Twitter following an ultimatum issued by the site's new leader, Elon Musk.
The whimsical billionaire asked the staff who survived the first wave of layoffs to choose between giving their all, unconditionally, or leaving. The response, since Thursday, has been a cascade of departures from the company, which closed its offices until Monday.
If Twitter were to shut down suddenly, billions of tweets published since the opening of the social network in 2006 could be lost. All of these posts are a gold mine of information about the society and times we live in, from hot news events to social movements like the #MeToo hashtag, to a complaint to a service.
Internet users are also worried about seeing the tweets of a deceased loved one disappear.
Specialists have thus encouraged followers of the social network to archive tweets that are precious to them.< /p>
If there's something you care about on Twitter, now's the time to become something like an expert or temporary expert in digital archiving measures, tweeted Caroline Sinders, an artificial intelligence researcher and founder of the human rights lab Convocation Research and Design.
Unfortunately, there are not a thousand and one ways to get your hands on your Twitter archives. For example, it is possible to download an archive of your data by going to the privacy settings of your account.
We were able to make a request on November 12 and get the information separated into two downloadable files (including one with the uploaded photos) within 24 hours. But it is difficult to say if this approach is still possible and as effective in the context of layoffs and waves of resignations that Twitter is experiencing.
In an interview with the British newspaper The Guardian, Jason Scott, an archivist with the nonprofit Internet Archive, which has been busy archiving the web since its inception, suggests taking screenshots tweets… and print them.
Print out their tweets, and put them in a box, he said. They will last longer in every way.
The US National Library of Congress began archiving posts on the platform as early as 2007, a year after Twitter launched. However, she had to interrupt this initiative 10 years later because of the scale of the social network. The institution is still working to save tweets, but now proceeds on a selective basis.
Also note the service of Politiwoops, of the media ProPublica, which allows the media to trace deleted tweets officials.
Politwoops tracks tweets deleted by public officials, including those currently in office and those running for public office. If you think we've missed someone, email us with their name, state, political party, office they hold or are running for and , of course, his Twitter handle, can we read on the site.
The public database PolitiTweet archives tweets from celebrities, political and public figures, even those that have been deleted.
The web's archival reference, the Internet Archive, also has a few tweets uploaded there. But the task is not coordinated as it may have been, for example, before the disappearance of Flash, in January 2021.
The platform's very first tweet, “ just setting up my twttr” (I create my twttr account), written by its founder, Jack Dorsey, will be preserved in his own way. This tweet was sold for 2.9 million US dollars (3.9 million Canadian dollars) in non-fungible token (JNF, or non-fungible token, NFT, in English) in 2021.
With information from The Guardian