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Before You Leave Twitter


Here are some things to think about before you make your decision:

  • Twitter is likely to become a much more hostile environment for marginalized groups

  • Twitter got rid of teams devoted to human rights and machine learning ethics and a group focused on the accessibility of the platform for disabled users.

  • Twitter provides an option for you to download an archive of your account data; it’s a way for you to save your old tweets as a local backup.

  • Racial slurs increased 500 percent on Twitter in the first 12 hours Musk owned the platform, according to the Network Contagion Research Institute.

  • Twitter, like many digital platforms, gets its revenue from advertisers, not users. Advertisers, who account for 90 percent of Twitter's revenue, are spooked.

Ultimately, like any other social media platform, your post don't belong to you. Your business should have a communications policy about social media. This policy should include how to back up any posts shared and when its time to leave. Consideration about being in moral alignment with the platform is also strongly suggested.

Before you leave (or stay) on Twitter, be sure to snatch your archived posts. (Thanks CNBC)

When you download your Twitter archive, you’re capturing a snapshot of all your Twitter info starting with your very first tweet.

1. Click on the More icon in the navigation bar right above the blue draft new Tweet icon. Select “Settings and Support” from the menu options. Click “Settings and privacy.” Select “Your account” from the menu options.

2. Click “Download an archive of your data.” You’ll be asked to enter your password, do so and click “Confirm.”

3. Next you’ll have to verify your identity. Click “Send code” to your email and/or your phone number. You’ll be redirected to the “Account information” page where you’ll be able to enter the code that was sent to your email or phone.

4. Once your identity is verified, click “Request archive.”

5. When your download is finished, Twitter will send you an email where you can download a .zip file of your Twitter archive.

6. If you have the app downloaded, you’ll get a push notification letting you know your Twitter archive has finished downloading. Navigate back to “Settings” on the app where you can click the “Download data” button under the Download data section.

Note: This may take a while. Twitter says “it can take 24 hours or longer for your data to be ready.”