Twitter CEO Promises Downloadable Tweet History
Twitter CEO, Dick Costolo, promised during a talk at his former university, that users will soon be able to download their whole tweet archive, once the software engineers have worked it out. He also said that the 140 character word limit is here to stay.
Costolo was invited to an event at the University of Michigan to talk about how powerful Twitter is as a communication tool. During a short Q&A session that followed, he was asked if and when users would be able to download their entire backlog of tweets.
Costolo answered with an example about activity during the presidential election, when at one point they were serving 1.3m timelines and every second, 1.3m timelines were going out that were threading together every single tweet that’s coming in from around the world at 15,000 tweets per second, and organising them in chronological order. He said this architecture is very well suited to real-time search and real-time distribution. It is also very well suited to archive search and archive distribution.
However, Costolo continued to say that since a search on Twitter’s entire database for a user’s tweet history would slow down its real-time distribution, the service is working on developing a separate archival system instead.
The CEO went on to say that the company is in the process of doing that now, and he promised that this service would be available by the end of the year, allowing users to download their entire tweet history. This is despite the fact that Twitter’s software engineers are already unhappy with him for guaranteeing delivery of this feature in the past.