Posted by Marieke Guy on December 13th, 2011
Or a month in the case of TwapperKeeper….
The TwapperKeeper site, which I’ve mentioned many a time on this blog, now features a worrying message –
“Twapper Keeper’s archiving is now available in HootSuite! As a result, we will be shutting down Twapper Keeper. Existing archives will be kept running until Jan 6, 2012, after which you will not be able to access your archives anymore. Thanks for using TwapperKeeper – we look forward to seeing you at HootSuite.“
This could cause people to panic but luckily help is at hand. The following posts all offer advice on how to extract your archives and preserve them for the future.
- UK Web Focus: Responding to the Forthcoming Demise of TwapperKeeper
- Ouseful: Rescuing Twapperkeeper Archives Before They Vanish, Redux
- MASHe: Free the tweets! Export TwapperKeeper archives using Google Spreadsheet
I actually used Martin Hawksey’s excellent (and easy to use) Google Spreadsheet [Twitteralytics v2] to pull out a number of Digital Curation Centre archives. It took me a relatively short amount of time and they are now available as public Google docs spreadsheets and as excel files in our Sharepoint.
It’s clear that our reliance on third party services is increasingly requiring us to keep on our toes when it comes to digital preservation. Who is to know which services will dissapear in 2012…?