Quick Tips: New Twitter archive, social media bios and free Twitter tools

Twitter has started rolling out an archive feature allowing you to download all your old tweets and retweets from the beginning. Yup, all of them. It will appear at the bottom of “Settings.” Users with their language set to English will get the feature soon, if you haven’t already. I’m waiting for it to show up on my profile. Apparently, it just takes a few minutes to download all your tweets. This feature could come in handy for journalists to keep track of exchanges with sources via Twitter. It may serve as a bit of a Twitter notebook for journos. It’s also sure to spark a flurry of “Check out my first tweet from 2008” type posts. Expect one from me.

This is how it will look below.


I was playing with another Twitter-affiliated tool called Vizify last night. What it does: A visual representation or interactive graphic of your life on social media. (i.e. for dorks like me). It doesn’t seem to have a whole of lot of utility for journalists except for being a cool-looking social media portfolio. It does analyze your tweets from the last year and shows you a) your most frequently tweeted words b) your best tweet of the year and c) your most dedicated follower. I’ve got mine plugged into LinkedIn, Instagram (yes, I’m still on it. for now), Twitter and Facebook. (And yes, I turned my social media life into a Christmas tree).


Came across this blog post this morning on Top Free Twitter Tools for 2013.

I’ve only one called Tweriod. This analyzes your Twitter feed and gives you an indication of when your followers are online and notes the optimal tweeting time for your account. It’s useful. Check it out.

Twitonomy: Just tried it out today. Definitely has some possibilities for newsrooms, journalists. It offers pretty in-depth analysis of your Twitter account. It offers a bunch of information, including the day of the week, hour you tweet the most, who retweets you, Twitter history, etc.


Both of these tools help you track your followers: followerwonk.com and refollow.com. If you’ve got a lot of followers, it will help give you a sense of how influential they are and who they are.


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