Twitter

Twitter

British

Shane https://twitter.com/shanedgj Yes

Aled https://twitter.com/aledwg Yes

Russel Tarr https://twitter.com/russeltarr

Ian Beck https://twitter.com/ian_bec

Ed Podesta https://twitter.com/ed_podesta

Dan Lyndon https://twitter.com/danlyndon

Chris Culpin https://twitter.com/CCulpin

Alison Charlton https://twitter.com/chuzzlit

Lisa Bray https://twitter.com/braby78

Andrew Field https://twitter.com/andyfield Yes

Alex Ford https://twitter.com/apf102

Ben Walsh https://twitter.com/History_Ben Yes

Terry Haydn https://twitter.com/terryhaydn

Neal F. Thompson https://twitter.com/NealFThompson

Lucy Carse https://twitter.com/Lucy_Teaches

History Teacher https://twitter.com/Hist_Teach

Shelfield History https://twitter.com/ShelfieldHist

Patti Summers https://twitter.com/PSummersCCS

Albi https://twitter.com/abikking

Simon Bendry https://twitter.com/WW1_Education

Gillian Waters https://twitter.com/Gillian_Waters

Trevor Connolly https://twitter.com/ConnollyTrevor

Dave Wallbanks https://twitter.com/davew1968

Daryn Simon https://twitter.com/darynsimon

Harry Fletcher-Wood https://twitter.com/HFletcherWood

Noel Buckley https://twitter.com/nollaigobuachal

Kelly Fairweather https://twitter.com/TMSHistory

CreativeT&L https://twitter.com/jkfairclough

Alan Peat https://twitter.com/alanpeat

Facing History https://twitter.com/facinghistory

Katrina Johnson https://twitter.com/KatrinaNiccole

USA

Elizabeth Miller https://twitter.com/emhistory Yes

CPAHistory https://twitter.com/CPAHistory Yes

Lisa L. Heuvel https://twitter.com/VaHistoryOnline

Ira Socol https://twitter.com/irasocol

Mike Gwaltney https://twitter.com/MikeGwaltney

Mayra Montes https://twitter.com/ms_montes_

Lisa Plog Carey https://twitter.com/VAHistorymama

David Retherford https://twitter.com/Glock03

Matt Esterman https://twitter.com/mesterman

Angela M. Hamblen https://twitter.com/kyteacher

Karl LS https://twitter.com/LS_Karl

Gilder Lehrman https://twitter.com/Gilder_Lehrman

Ron Peck https://twitter.com/Ron_Peck

Scott Petri https://twitter.com/scottmpetri

Josh Cole https://twitter.com/JoshColeEd

History Teacher https://twitter.com/HistoryTeachLoL

Terry Hoganson https://twitter.com/TerryHoganson

Laura Westhoff https://twitter.com/Think_History

David Biello https://twitter.com/dbiello

David Harms https://twitter.com/Hist_simulation

Miss Scott https://twitter.com/esscott89 Yes

Dan Carter https://twitter.com/MrCarterCA

Best of History Websites https://twitter.com/besthistoryweb

Australia

Simon McKenzie https://twitter.com/connectedtchr

Stephen Chamberlain https://twitter.com/chambo68 Yes

Kelly J. Scott https://twitter.com/Kelly_J_Scott

Giles Bartram https://twitter.com/BartramGiles

Clare G https://twitter.com/alias_eleanor

Canada

Miss Stagg https://twitter.com/staggjai

David Bernier https://twitter.com/doubledeckerpot

Ireland

History Matters https://twitter.com/Hist_Matters Yes

Unknown

Arzu Atamer https://twitter.com/thaszar Yes

Denise Broxterman https://twitter.com/denisebrox Yes


How to delete your Twitter history

Twitter is the social media world’s most reliable doubled-edged sword. One minute, you’re retweeting a funny meme account and enjoying some wholesome discussion about your current TV binge fixation, and the next, you’re being buried by a harassment campaign or finding your job in jeopardy over something dumb (or even harmless) you tweeted out in 2011.

The unfortunate reality of Twitter is that it is, at its most brutal, a performative minefield waiting to destroy either your career or your emotional well-being — quite often both if given enough time. However, some of us use Twitter for our livelihoods, both for networking purposes and because it remains an invaluable platform to grow and directly interface with your audience.

If you’re on Twitter, it’s a good idea to take precautions with your tweet history. That’s because finding yourself in hot water over an old tweet or a controversial one you fired off absentmindedly is practically a rite of passage on Twitter. The rulebook for punishing people for tweets was codified during Gamergate and has since spread throughout the greater online culture war. Few people are professionally, financially, or mentally equipped to weather such a storm. Meanwhile, large corporations tend to be run by online illiterates who care only about looking like they’re doing the right thing.

So if you can’t, or simply won’t, cut Twitter out of your life, the best protection you can provide yourself is the automatic deletion of your Twitter history. Here’s where to start if you’re interested in nuking your timeline and keeping future tweets from falling into the internet’s vindictive void of posterity.


Twitter old tweets – how to find old tweets

Old tweets are sometimes a true gold mine for marketers (and stalkers), to learn how to find old tweets is an obligated task nowadays. Years ago Twitter let everyone search its old tweets archive, so you can access those old tweets easily and free. You can use Tweet Binder or Twitter itself. To access those old tweets you must use the Twitter advanced commands UNTIL and SINCE in the Twitter search box and the format will be YYYY-MM-DD

  • Use UNTIL to filter tweets ending in one specific date, for example: until:2011-08-20
  • Use SINCE to filter tweets starting in one specific date, for example: since:2016-02-19

You can combine both to find old tweets from a specific date. If we’d like to see tweets from Barack Obama’s re-election day for example, we will look for the hashtag #Obama2012 on the 20th of January 2012:

#Obama2012 since:2012-01-20 until:2012-02-21

That’s the way to learn how to find old tweets. If you want to analyze or download all those old tweets you would need a Tweet Binder plan or a Twitter historical report. You can even search the most retweeted tweet. In fact, anything can be tracked with Tweet Binder.


How to search Twitter history directly from Twitter?

Going through all your tweets is a tiresome and time-consuming task. Thankfully Twitter has integrated various features to make it easier. Let’s discuss the ways you can search Twitter history directly from Twitter.

Search Your Twitter data

Fortunately, Twitter provides you with the option to search Twitter history.

Analyzing your Twitter history can help you measure the performance and growth of your Twitter profile. Below are the steps to search Twitter history,

  1. Login into your Twitter account
  2. Click the option ‘More’, then click on ‘settings and privacy’
  3. Under the ‘Your Account’ section, click on ‘Download an archive of your data’
  4. Click the request archive option
  5. When your Twitter history is ready, it will be sent to the email associated with your Twitter account for download.

Use Twitter Advanced Search Techniques

Twitter also provides you the option to search Twitter history through Twitter advanced search from your account. You can use the advanced search techniques, by applying specific filters, you can further customize your search results. To access Twitter advanced search, go here . You will dignify by a pop-up which appears like this :

There are three sections to customize your search results:

  • Words: You can use this section to input keywords, hashtags, or phrases that you want to search in your Twitter history.
  • Accounts: Use this section to input the Twitter handles from which you want to search Twitter history.
  • Dates: This section can help you access Twitter history from specific periods.

Go to the accounts section and input your Twitter handle to search Twitter history from your account.

You can further customize search results with various keywords and hashtags or time to get relevant results. Below you will have a “dates” option where you can look at your Twitter history from a certain date range. Try to check out a few months at a time to make sure you can scrub anything which may not be relevant to your brand any longer.

How to search the Twitter history of any public Twitter account?

Twitter history is a great source of valuable user information. Analyzing Twitter history can tremendously boost your overall presence on Twitter.

However, brands, marketers, and even influencers often require a Twitter history analysis of their competitors. Accessing the Twitter history of your competitors can help you dissect the strategies implemented by your competitors.

Search Twitter history using TrackMyHashtag

TrackMyHashtag is an AI-driven paid event, @mention, and hashtag tracking Twitter analytics tool. It can help you search and analyze the Twitter history of any public Twitter account.

Just go to TrackMyHashtag.com and click on historical Twitter data. On this page, you will find a Request data form. Fill the form stating the specifics for your Twitter archive requirements.

Once you have filled the form, our team will get back to you with the specifics and pricing for the Twitter archive.


Visit Circleboom, login, and authenticate your Twitter account. Once you have logged in, go to the Circleboom menu at the left ad select “My Tweets” > “ Delete Old Tweets”

Step #2 (Upload Twitter Archive):

Download Twitter history (add a link to “How to Download My twitter history Archive”). Upload your history when you are asked to upload it. To upload your Twitter archive, click “Start Here”.

Step #3 (Filter Tweets):

Use the Circleboom filters to get rid of the tweets you want. Select if you want to delete all tweets, replies, or Delete retweets or unlike Twitter Likes then Click the checkbox if you want to delete all or if you want to keep one, uncheck it.

Step #4 (Automate Tweet Deletion) :

When you choose the filters, Circleboom will list all the tweets in the Twitter archive that match your filters. Approve it and Circleboom will start deleting your selected tweets.

The best part is, Circleboom will delete the tweets you filtered from your Twitter archive, so you can upload the file a number of times to make different deletions each time.


Evan Williams and Biz Stone were active investors in Odeo. Evan Williams had created Blogger (now called Blogspot) which he sold to Google in 2003. Williams briefly worked for Google, before leaving with fellow Google employee Biz Stone to invest in and work for Odeo.

By September 2006, Evan Williams was the CEO of Odeo, when he wrote a letter to Odeo's investors offering to buy back shares of the company, in a strategic business move Williams expressed pessimism about the company's future and downplayed the potential of Twitter.

Evan Williams, Jack Dorsey, Biz Stone, and a few others gained a controlling interest in Odeo and Twitter. Enough power to allow Evan Williams to temporally rename the company "The Obvious Corporation", and fire Odeo's founder and team leader of the developing twitter program, Noah Glass.

There is controversy surrounding Evan Williams' actions, questions about the honesty of his letter to the investors and if he did or did not realize the potential of Twitter, however, the way the history of Twitter went down, went in the favor of Evan Williams, and the investors were freely willing to sell their investments back to Williams.

Twitter (the company) was founded by three main people: Evan Williams, Jack Dorsey, and Biz Stone. Twitter separated from Odeo in April 2007.


How to download your Twitter archive

In the top menu, tap your profile icon, then tap Settings and privacy.

Under Data and permissions, tap Your Twitter data.

Verify your identity by tapping Send code to your email address and/or phone number on file. If you do not have an email address or phone number on file, you will be redirected to the Account information page.

Enter the code sent to your email address and/or phone number.

After verifying your identity, under Download your data and next to Twitter, tap Request data.

When your download is ready, we'll send an email to your connected email account or a push notification if you have the app installed. From your settings, you can tap Download archive under the Download your data section.

We’ll also send you an email with a download link to the confirmed email address associated with your Twitter account.

Once you receive the email, click the Download button while logged in to your Twitter account and download a .zip file of your Twitter archive.

In the top menu, you will either see a navigation menu icon

or your profile icon. Tap whichever icon you have, then tap Settings and privacy.

Under Data and permissions, tap Your Twitter data.

Verify your identity by tapping Send code to your email address and/or phone number on file. If you do not have an email address or phone number on file, you will be redirected to the Account information page.

Enter the code sent to your email address and/or phone number.

After verifying your identity, under Download your data and next to Twitter, tap Request data.

When your download is ready, we'll send an email notification or a push notification if you have the app installed. From your settings, you can tap Download archive under the Download your data section.

We’ll also send you an email with a download link to the confirmed email address associated with your Twitter account.

Once you receive the email, click the Download button while logged in to your Twitter account and download a .zip file of your Twitter archive.

Go to your Account settings by clicking on the more

icon in the navigation bar, and selecting Your account from the menu.

Click on Download an archive of your data.

Enter your password under Download an archive of your data, then click Confirm.

Verify your identity by clicking Send code to your email address and/or phone number on file. If you do not have an email address or phone number on file, you will be redirected to the Account information page.

Enter the code sent to your email address and/or phone number.

After verifying your identity, click the Request data button. If your Twitter account is connected to Periscope, you’ll have the option to request an archive of your Periscope data on Periscope directly.

When your download is ready, we'll send an email to your connected email account or a push notification if you have the app installed. From your settings, you can click the Download data button under the Download data section.

Once you receive the email, click the Download button while logged in to your Twitter account and download a .zip file of your Twitter archive.


Note: Please make sure your email address is confirmed prior to requesting your Twitter archive and that you are logged into your Twitter account on the same browser you are using to download your Twitter archive. Instructions and troubleshooting tips for confirming your email address may be found here. It may take a few days for us to prepare the download of your Twitter archive.

You can also download a machine-readable archive of information associated with your account in HTML and JSON files. We’ve included the information we believe is most relevant and useful to you, including your profile information, your Tweets, your Direct Messages, your Moments, your media (images, videos, and GIFs you’ve attached to Tweets, Direct Messages, or Moments), a list of your followers, a list of accounts that you are following, your address book, Lists that you’ve created, are a member of or follow, interest and demographic information that we have inferred about you, information about ads that you’ve seen or engaged with on Twitter, and more.


How Little 'Twitter' Became A Magnificent Money Machine

"It was an email that said, ‘We have to move really, really fast. There's no time to rest because we have a massive opportunity in front of us," recalled Anamitra Banerji, who headed the team that built Twitter's first advertising product. "It was kind of crazy because we were all on break, but that attitude was exactly what we needed at Twitter."

The company is now on the verge of fulfilling the opportunity Costolo foresaw as it prepares for the most highly anticipated initial public offering since Facebook's debut last May. The offering is expected to value Twitter at up to $15 billion and make its early investors, including Costolo, very wealthy indeed.

Yet Twitter's quick transformation from an undisciplined, money-losing startup into a digital media powerhouse took every bit of whip-cracking that Costolo could muster, along with a rapid series of product and personnel decisions that proved effective even as they disappointed some of the service's early enthusiasts.

Costolo was a comparative late-comer at Twitter, joining the company three years after it's 2006 launch, but the company increasingly bears his imprint as it hurtles towards the IPO: deliberate in decision-making but aggressive in execution, savvy in its public relations and yet laser-focused on financial results.

Costolo has not flinched in pruning and reshaping his management team, while Twitter, the company, has been ruthless in cutting off the smaller companies that were once a part of its orbit. A one-time comic actor who cut his teeth in business at Andersen Consulting before starting several companies, Costolo may never be as closely associated with Twitter as Mark Zuckerberg is with Facebook, yet he is arguably just as important.

"The founders consider Dick a co-founder, that's how deep the connection is," said Bijan Sabet, an investor at Spark Capital and a Twitter board member from 2008 to 2011. "He's not this hired gun to run the company. He understands building out the business but also the product, strategy, vision."

Twitter declined to make Costolo available for comment, citing the pre-IPO quiet period.

BIRTH OF THE PROMOTED TWEET

When Twitter's then-CEO Evan Williams brought on Costolo, an old friend and colleague from Google Inc, as COO in September of 2009, the three-year old company was already under pressure.

The microblogging service was gaining hip, young users at an unprecedented pace, and its trio of co-founders - Williams, Biz Stone and Jack Dorsey - had been splashed across magazine covers as the embodiment of San Francisco cool. Yet the whispers in Silicon Valley were growing louder: Twitter didn't have the technical chops to make the service reliable at huge scale, and it didn't have any way to make money.

"Having been on the core original team of engineers, we didn't have the skills among us to build a world class service," said Alex Payne, an early Twitter engineer, noting that many of the team members came from smaller start-ups and non-profit organizations rather than established Web giants like Google.

Williams viewed fixing the site's notorious technical problems as the top priority but was ambivalent about the business strategy. For months, people familiar with the situation say, Williams weighed options ranging from display advertising to licensing Twitter's data to becoming an e-commerce hub to offering paid "commercial" accounts to businesses.

Costolo - who had sold Feedburner, an advertising-based blog publishing service he founded, to Google for $100 million - had no such doubts. By his second month on the job, he had helped persuade Williams to green-light engineering positions to build Twitter's first ad unit, which would become the "promoted tweet" - the cornerstone of Twitter's business today.

"Dick's conversations with Ev were key," said Banerji, now an investor at Foundation Capital. "He had a fundamental belief that this was the future of Twitter monetization and said, 'You have to do it.'"

Over four months in early 2010, Costolo, working closely with Banerji and Ashish Goel, a Stanford engineering professor who specialized in the science of auction algorithms, to refine the promoted tweet. It resembled an ordinary Twitter message in every way, except that advertisers could pay for it to appear at the top of users' Tweet streams and search results.

Costolo threw his heft within the company behind the advertising strategy. In early 2010, as the ads team drew up a related product called "promoted trends," Costolo privately told them to make sure he was in the room when they pitched the product to Williams, so it would get pushed through.

A central mechanism governing the promoted tweet was "resonance," a concept coined by Goel. Because Twitter users can re-circulate or reply to tweets, including paid advertisements, the company had the real-time ability to gauge which ads were most popular, and those ads could then be made more prominent. And because the ads appeared in the same format as other tweets, they were perfectly suited to mobile devices, which could not handily display traditional banner ads.

Paid ads that are inserted into a stream of status updates have since become something of an industry standard for mobile advertising. Its adopters include Facebook, which has enjoyed a 60 percent rise in its stock price in recent months due to its newfound success in mobile.

"The closest thing before this was the contextual advertising that Google was selling, but the problem was that it was clearly an ad," said Charlene Li, the founder of Altimeter Group, an online research and consulting firm. "Promoted tweets look just like every other tweet. The form factor, the way it is displayed in stream - that was a breakthrough."

When Costolo unveiled the promoted tweet in April 2010, Twitter announced it as a trial for only five brands, including Starbucks Corp and Virgin America, and users almost never saw the ads.

But by the summer of 2010, Costolo felt confident enough in his concept that he began seeking a deputy to ramp up the company's sales effort. For months, he courted Adam Bain, a rising star at News Corp, and at the same time began assiduously courting marketers, from corner suites on Madison Avenue to industry conferences on the French Riviera.

Under Bain, the Twitter ad team set it sites on the most lucrative advertising market of all: television. Twitter attached itself to TV programmers and major brand marketers by positioning itself as an online peanut gallery where TV viewers could discuss what they were watching.

"Hashtags," which help people find the conversations they're looking for on Twitter, soon grew ubiquitous on TV, appearing in Super Bowl commercials, at Nascar races and on the Oscars red carpet.

"It wasn't easy for Twitter to explain to people why they should buy content on Twitter until they sold it as a companion to TV," Ian Schafer, the chief executive of Deep Focus, a digital advertising agency. "Now you're even seeing the networks selling Twitter's inventory for them. That's magic."

Twitter has steadily refined its targeting capabilities and can now send promoted tweets to people based on geographic location and interests. This month, the company paid more than $300 million to acquire MoPub, which will enable it to target mobile users based on websites they have visited on their desktop computers.

As the promoted Tweet became a reliable revenue engine -generating a substantial chunk of the estimated $580 million in ad sales the company is expected to earn this year - Twitter began to evolve the service beyond its 140-character text messaging roots. Tweets today can embed pictures, videos, page previews and are expected to eventually have more interactive features, including those for online transactions and deals.

While Costolo has been widely credited with bringing management stability to a company that had struggled to find the right leadership formula among its three founders, he hasn't hesitated in making changes in the executive suite.

"Jack always said he ‘edited' his team, and Dick looked at it the same way," said a former employee. "He wanted to choose the top people around him, but he was ruthless with replacing his top people."

Bain and Ali Rowghani, Twitter's influential chief operating officer, have emerged as Costolo's key deputies. A string of recent high-profile hires includes former TicketMaster CEO Nathan Hubbard as head of commerce Geoff Reiss, former Professional Bowlers Association CEO, as head of sports partnerships and Morgan Stanley executive Cynthia Gaylor as head of corporate development.

Meanwhile, once-powerful executives including product guru Satya Patel, engineering vice president Mike Abbott and head of growth Othman Laraki have left the company, with each departure stoking chatter about Twitter's unusual rate of employee turnover.

Rank-and-file employees described a chief executive who will pause from his workday to laugh with them at YouTube clips but who will also nudge them to put in long hours.

At a conference last fall, Costolo told the audience he had sought out a new office for Twitter in central San Francisco partly because it would allow employees who lived in the city to go home for dinner with their families and still come back to work at night.

Despite his on-stage charisma, several employees describe a CEO who can seem aloof.

"He's always very cordial," said one former employee. "But try to get into a deeper conversation with him, and he's thinking about how much time he has to do that, because his schedule is tight and he has a lot to do. He's all business."

Costolo's single-minded focus on Twitter's business goals has not been welcomed by everyone. It alienated many early Twitter enthusiasts who were interested in the political, social and technical potential of a unique new service that could fairly claim to express the sentiment of the world in real time.

Twitter has slowly shut off third-party access to its data, preferring to keep the information for its own business purposes. It has cut off many developers that want to build new features that would interact with the Twitter platform.

Its status as the most aggressive of all the global Internet companies in defending free speech and protecting its users from government spying is also in question. After years of essentially ignoring foreign governments that wanted it to comply with local laws, it announced last year that it had developed the technical capability to block Tweets by country, and it has recently begun to use it in countries including Germany and Brazil.

Twitter is currently banned in China, where the country's own Twitter-like service, Sina Corp's Weibo, has 500 million registered users.

"The most obvious effect of the IPO will be that it will push Twitter to go more international," said Jillian York, the director for international freedom of expression at the Electronic Frontier Foundation.

"I don't think there's much evidence that their position on free speech has softened in the U.S, but internationally, yes. I think they've absolutely run into the complexities of opening offices in other countries, potentially even made some promises that they couldn't keep."

Yet Costolo has clearly kept his biggest promise: turning Twitter into a major media business. And in that regard, the IPO may be just the beginning.


Twitter Is Tracking You On The Web Here’s What You Can Do To Stop It

While most of us were hurrying to turn off Twitter's new email digests , the company announced they would begin suggesting new people and brands to follow based on your Twitter activity. The trouble is, by "activity," they mean your friends, followers, and even where you go on the web once you leave Twitter.

What Is Twitter Doing?

You may already know that just about everyone is tracking you on the web, but at least you have ways to protect yourself . Twitter's new suggestion system would be fine if it stopped with the people you follow on the site and the other users who follow you, but blogger Dustin Curtis noticed that it doesn't stop there —Twitter also uses cookies dropped on your system to keep an eye on where you go on the web. As long as there's a "tweet this" or "follow me" button on the site, Twitter harvests information on where you are. Curtis explains:

Basically, every time you visit a site that has a follow button, a "tweet this" button, or a hovercard, Twitter is recording your behavior. It is transparently watching your movements and storing them somewhere for later use. Right now, that data will make better suggestions for accounts you might want to follow. But what other things can it be used for? The privacy implications of such behavior by a company so large are sweeping and absolute.

If tracking your behavior transparently is acceptable in the pursuit of a better user experience, why isn't it also acceptable in the pursuit of monetization? Is it okay for Twitter to sell your web browsing history to advertisers? The company is playing with a very slippery slope.

Essentially, remember what Facebook was doing a few months ago ? Twitter is doing something similar. For the time being, Twitter is only using the information for its own purposes. It's not a stretch to think that if Twitter uses the data to suggest new brands and accounts to you, they'll use the same data to sell more promoted tweets to advertisers, or worse. Whether or not the data will be used for marketing or money-making purposes later is up in the air.

What Can I Do About It?

If the notion of Twitter keeping an eye on your browsing behavior after you've left their site feels a little intrusive, it's easily blocked with the right privacy tools:

  • Twitter Disconnect stops Twitter from dropping those cookies on your system when you visit sites with "tweet" or "follow" buttons. You'll still be logged in to Twitter, and if you do want to tweet an article or follow an author, you can click the button to interact with Twitter, but no cookies will be downloaded to your computer until you click.
  • Disconnectfor Firefox and Chrome is from the same developer as Twitter Disconnect, but goes further. The full extension blocks Twitter, Facebook, and Google from tracking your activities by blocking the cookies they try to drop on your computer when you visit a site with a tweet button, follow box, or +1 button.
  • Ghosteryfor Firefox and Chrome, an extension we've mentioned before , gives you complete control over the scripts and cookies that run when you visit any site. You'll be able to see which sites are dropping cookies or running scripts that call home right in your browser, and choose to block or allow any of them you choose.
  • Priv3for Firefox is lightweight and runs in the background quietly, blocking third party cookies until you interact with a social button or box.
  • Do Not Track Plus for Firefox, Chrome, Safari, and IE does much of what Ghostery does—it alerts you when a page attempts to send data to another site or company when you visit, blocks the transmission, and gives you the option to unblock it if you choose.

All of these tools do similar things: they give you control over the data that the sites you visit collect and share about you.

In Twitter's defense, the company has a privacy-positive reputation. They've implemented Do Not Track , and promised to obey any browsers or clients that support it . Twitter representatives responded directly to Curtis, saying they'll will never sell your data to anyone, and data they obtain from your activities on other web sites will be deleted after no more than 10 days. Curtis rebuts that this response, and Twitter's commitment to Do Not Track is a PR distraction from the issue at hand: that their tracking—like everyone else's on the web—is opt-out, not opt-in, and forces users to understand and be outraged enough over what's going on to do something about it.

Whether you think Twitter's move is purely designed to improve their product or a creeping harbinger of future privacy intrusions, at least there are tools you can download—or that you may already have—that put control back into your hands. What do you think? Just another company looking to get their hands on your data, or much ado about nothing? Share your thoughts in the comments below.


Wayback Machine

The Wayback Machine is another popular suggestion to view deleted Twitter tweets. Although this idea is not a flat-out &ldquoNO&rdquo in terms of possibilities, it is a difficult task that consumes considerable time with the possibility of no results. Your profile may not have any snapshots from the past. If not, the service is still helpful for retweets you made if the other parties DO have snapshots available.

If you know the date of your deleted post and it WAS publicly viewable, you may find it by accessing the archived pages of your Twitter profile.

  1. Log into your Twitter account from a browser tab.
  2. Right-click &lsquoProfile&lsquo on the left side and choose &lsquoCopy.&rdquo
  3. Visit the Wayback Machine.
  4. Paste your copied profile page in the search box at the top.
  5. In the results list, click a URL based on the data listed.
  6. In the new Wayback Machine calendar, choose the day you want to view and choose the time period, which opens a new Twitter snapshot.
  7. Once the snapshot opens in a new window, browse through the tweets, retweets, or replies to find the data you&rsquore looking for. Note that the snapshot will reflect date and hours based on the time of the snapshot, not the current date or time.

Once again, the above process may not work for you, but it is worth a try. What will definitely work is the non-deleted posts, assuming it captured your profile page in the past.

Another Wayback Machine option is to use the dropdown menu from the add-ons icon. Here&rsquos what to do.

  1. Left-click on the Wayback Machine icon in the browser&rsquos add-ons section at the top.
  2. Select the Tweets icon link box to open current Twitter public posts.
  3. Browse through the tweets, retweets, and replies to find the post you desire.

Unfortunately, drilling down the list and spending a good amount of time scrolling through the posts can take a while, assuming it works. Many users experience a login prompt or a 302 error. The login option may or may not work (plus, use it at your own risk). If the tweet, retweet, or reply was recent (perhaps a few hours or less), there&rsquos a good chance you will find it in the Wayback Machine under the Tweets link. The Tweets box link opens a Twitter search for the currently opened browser tab, and you may find what you are looking for there if it hasn&rsquot fully updated yet.

The above process might not work for finding recently deleted tweets, but it is worth the attempt.