Twitter is certainly one of those things that has taken the world by storm — a true example of something that really puts the “phenomenon” in the term “social media phenomenon.” It’s sites like Twitter and Facebook that have put that new term on the map, and with good reason. In particular, the relatively recently-developed “microblogging” service turned out to be the very first of its kind. Social media has undergone a pretty rapid evolution over the last several years. What started with Friendster and Myspace has now gotten to the point where those of us born after a certain point in time don’t even remember those words anymore. Trends have risen and fallen within a single decade, and it’s become something of an interesting spectator sport to see how long the public will entertain the next “big thing.” Social media seems to be a niche that’s replete with the next big thing, and the social media titans Twitter and Facebook seem to have wound up being the biggest of the next big things. While Facebook’s Zuckerberg has been no stranger to the public eye, those behind the curtain at Twitter are a little less outspoken. Nevertheless, Twitter’s CEO has made some news recently, and it’s another development that’s got people talking.
Twitter has evolved to the point where just about everyone is on it. Once you join, it’s not long before your feed is essentially “full” (though no such thing really exists) — it doesn’t take more than just a few users before your home feed is endlessly scrolling down as the additions of countless users flood in. Especially for those who consider themselves “power users,” Twitter can be an incredible influx of information — it’s easy for something to get lost. For this reason, the Twitter CEO’s recent announcement has been of particular note.
Dick Costolo has announced that users will be able to download the entire history of their tweets by the end of the year 2012. As this is essentially the third time this year that he’s made this claim, many are expecting he’ll actually follow through, given that there’s so precious few weeks left in the actual year. Why does this excite as many people as it does? To those of us not intimately familiar with Twitter, it might seem a little baffling.
Maybe it’s posterity, or maybe it’s because you want to document tweets for a study, or maybe it’s because you’d like a record of everything you ever tweeted for a bizarre art installation. Whatever the case may be, the ability to download your entire Twitter history will soon be added to the Twitter tools already available on the site. Costolo has yet to reveal any specifics about when this will roll out, but one can imagine that these details will come within the next month or so. It’s exciting to see what types of new developments Twitter offers its users, and one can only hope that something equally as interesting will follow this one.