During a keynote conversation at the Online News Association conference in San Francisco, Twitter CEO Dick Costolo confirmed that users will be able to download their entire archive of tweets by year’s end.
“The caveat is that this is the CEO saying this,” Costolo joked, “not the engineer who’s building this…. [But it's] a priority we absolutely want to have out by the end of the year.”
Being able to download their entire tweet history has been one of the most asked for features by Twitter users. The company has never offered this function before and after a set time tweets vanished into the far beyond never to be seen again. This latest announcement confirms that if all goes according to plan, by the end of the year all those tweets will return back into the fold.
This piece of good news for fans comes at a time when Twitter is facing backlash for further restrictions on companies utilizing its APIs. Twitter’s latest tactics are seen as a slap in the face of apps that contributed to making Twitter as popular as it is today. Addressing this, Costolo stated that the company’s recent moves are all about expanding the value of the service for its 140 million users.
“We have tens of thousands of developers around the world who leverage [our] API and build successful businesses with it,” he said. “We are going to build a platform that enables third-party developers to add value to Twitter and build into Twitter and get all [kinds of] additional value from our distribution engine.”