Ozh’ Tweet Archiver 2.0 Backs Up Your Tweets to WordPress

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Social networks come and go but your blog lives forever. The advent of social media brought a revolution in how people communicate, but it has also chained us to data silos that house many of our important thoughts, writings and memories. That is, unless you have your own blog or website as your home for your content on the web.

Instead of mindlessly pumping content into a social network that is owned by someone else, you might stop to consider archiving that data to a better place where you can keep it forever. In a time when digital transactions and communications are the lifeblood of our work, owning your own data has become more important than owning land.

Ozh Tweet Archiver is one tool that makes owning your Twitter data a practical possibility. This free plugin automatically archives all of your tweets to your WordPress site. Browsing your tweet history is nearly impossible on Twitter, but with Ozh Tweet Archiver in place, you can easily search through your past tweets.

Version 2.0 is compatible with Twitter’s OAuth API. The plugin should be installed on a fresh WordPress site or subdomain. Once in place, it offers the following benefits:

  • Searching is easier in WordPress than on Twitter
  • WordPress is not limited to the most recent 3200 tweets
  • It will automatically expand all those ugly t.co links
  • All your #hashtags can be converted to WordPress tags

Check out a live demo of @ozh Twitter account archives.

Once the plugin is set up, it will automatically perform checks for new tweets at your chosen interval, so you won’t need to do anything else.

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Tweets are imported as regular posts with a few custom fields. The plugin includes an options panel for setting the post author, category for tweets, and the ability to turn on links for usernames. It also has an option to link hashtags to WordPress tags or Twitter hashtags. You can even turn on embedding for images that originate on pic.twitter.com.

Someday Twitter may lose all of its charms and fall to the wayside like many other networks before it. When that day comes, you’ll be glad that you archived all of your tweets to WordPress. If Twitter is one of your primary communication channels, consider the value of backing up your content to your home on the web with Ozh Tweet Archiver. For more information on getting your archive set up, please refer to the official plugin page, which includes documentation and troubleshooting tips.

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  1. This is a neat plugin. I think it’s cool that it will turn hashtags into WordPress tags and show the actual URL instead of the shortened t.co links. Would be cool if somehow, I could enable a tweet archiver on my WP.com site. Although I realize, archiving my tweets on a service is probably counter-intuitive to the original purpose of the plugin lol.

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    1. You can do that with ITTT.com.

      And you could use an archiving tool like Ozh’s one to pull them into a local install, then export to XML, them import that to WordPress.com to get your old tweets uploaded as well.

      ITTT.com doesn’t handle tags, so I ended up writing a short script to handle that for me. I don’t have it automated yet though, so I have to go manually run it sporadically. ITTT.com also adds it’s own tag for itself, so I have to remove those too (via the same script I use to generate the other tags).

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      1. I think you meant IFTTT.com

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  2. Unfortunately it doesn’t backup the complete set going back to the beginning if your account is too old or you have too many tweets (or at least that’s how it worked last time I used it).

    I ended up writing a custom script to handle the really old tweets.

    For new tweets I use ITTT.com to send the tweets to WordPress. It works really well.

    I put my tweets on a subdomain of my main site:
    http://tweets.ryanhellyer.net/

    It’s really handy having them sitting there. I like that I can see the tags and the WordPress search facility is much better than anything within Twitter itself. It also means I have a backup, should Twitter go belly up, or lose data etc.

    Another unexpected benefit, is that I actually get traffic from it. Google seems to preferentially send traffic my way instead of to Twitter itself sometimes.

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  3. I also have an archive for Facebook … http://facebook.ryanhellyer.net/

    I have never found a reliable way to do that in an automated fashion though. I had to export my data manually from Facebook, then wrote a script to convert all that stuff into WordPress posts.

    I have a vague plan of running that once per year, but it would be nice to automate the process.

    This also doesn’t pull in peoples comments and it misses a lot of posts which weren’t added directly via the Facebook interface :/ Basically, it’s a bit crappy, and I’d like something which could pull in all my Facebook activity in it’s entirety.

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  4. Neat Plugin! I’d use it, but a couple questions/concerns first:

    1. Why does it have to be used on a new/clean WordPress install? What if I want my Tweets to be part of the flow of the rest of my main content?

    2. Why not post format support? (This is a fatal shortcoming for me.) I wonder if Ozh would accept a patch to implement post format support. To me, this is a no-brainer: Tweets are perfectly suited to the “status” post format, and supporting post formats would provide excellent integration with Themes that design in support for post formats.

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    1. I’m guessing it never dawned him that anyone would want to merge their Twitter content with something else.

      I’m assuming the plugin will work fine on an existing install, it just seems like an odd thing to do, so I guess that’s why he left that instruction there.

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