Posted by Marieke Guy on May 28th, 2010
Recently there has been lots of talk about preserving Tweets, especially since the Library of Congress agreed to take on the archive.
I’ve just written an article for FUMSI on this (probably out in September). FUMSI are the FreePint people who publish tips and articles to help information professionals do their work.
One area I looked at was the tools available to archive tweets. We wrote quite a lot about this on the JISC PoWR project. Here is a taster of the most current tools out there:
- Print Your Twitter service which creates a PDF file of an accounts tweets.
- WordPress Lifestream plugin which allows you to integrate Twitter with your blog and so archive using blog capabilities.
- What the Hashtag allows you to create an HTML archive and RSS feed based on a hashtag.
- Tweetdoc service allows you to create a PDF file that brings together all the tweets from a particular event or search term.
- Twappr Keeper allows users to create a notebook of tweets for a hashtag.
- The Archivist Desktop is a desktop application that runs on your local system and allows you to archive tweets for later data-mining and analysis for any given search.
Other approaches include:
- Searching Twemes the site mashes Twitter with Flickr, Delicious and other services.
- Searching FriendFeed brings back much older tweets than Twitter but you are reliant on users being members of the service
- Subscribing to certain Twitter feeds by email and then applying an email filter to them.
Some of these tools are covered in more detail in the JISC PoWR blog post: Tools For Preserving Twitter Posts.
Anyone got any other suggestions?