Hosting my Twitter Archive Publicly

A few months ago Twitter finally turned on the ability for users to download their entire archive of tweets. It’s been a feature many power users have been longing for, and Twitter did a nice job with implementation. Rather than simply giving the user a JSON or XML dump, they build what amounts to be a self-contained web app of your entire tweet history. It actually doesn’t even need a server - it’s just a bunch of HTML, CSS and JavaScript files that your browser can handle all on its own. It’s data portability for real people.

My archive has sat buried in a folder on my computer for a couple of months, unused and ignored. Then Kevin Marks posted a guide to hosting your archive on Google Drive today and I figured I might as well put my archive online too. Since I have a web server already, my process was even simpler than his. My archive now lives online in all its splendor.

This is, of course, just a temporary measure until ThinkUp adds the ability to import your archive into its database. Hopefully that’ll be a feature with the upcoming 2.0 release.

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