You may have noticed that I didn’t tweet anything after december 30th, 2013. The reason for this is that I wanted to archive all my previous tweets and delete them. It’s really no use keeping them on Twitter, as I realized most tweets are about fresh news that becomes obsolete a few days after, or excerpts from « personal messages » between Twitter users, that don’t need to stay online.
Twitter is my favorite social network platform, as I explained in a previous post. Mostly because it d0esn’t require to register with a real name, doesn’t stress you all the time to put a picture or personal info, and much more. So it seems much less intrusive as Facebook, for example. And amongst the real benefits from Twitter, it’s also possible to retrieve an *usable* archive of all your previous tweets. The procedure is really simple and consists of clicking a « make archive » button in Twitter settings, then wait for the email when it’s ready and click on the download link. I did appreciate this. But the really great thing is that the archive itself is really good : you’ve got all your Tweets in CSV format with lots of details, and also a full HTML browsable archive containing all pictures and more. So thanks Twitter !!
Like @Cryptomeorg, I wanted to delete all my tweets, but soon realised manually erasing 2688 tweets is nearly impossible ! Luckily I found a simple and efficient .NET application made for this purpose : Twitter Archive Eraser, by @martani_net
So I’ve deleted all my tweets… but there’s a glitch : according to Twitter, I now have « no tweets » but the counter displays 28 tweets !
(and by the way, I’ve put the archive on my website, so it’s still browsable/searchable, but at least I have more control on it than on a 3rd party site).