Are you worried about losing your tweets and not being able to get them back? Well, TweetGuard backs up your tweets for you on a daily basis and for free. So, if you happen to lose your tweets at any point, you’ll have archives available at TweetGuard plus, you can also have a copy saved on your computer.
First you’ll need to sign in via Twitter OAuth. As soon as you do this, the backup will begin. Of course the more tweets you have, the longer it will take. They will give you an approximate time estimate. So that you get a general idea, I have 3794 tweets and the site gave me a time estimate of 16 minutes. After a few minutes, you can refresh the page and the time will change (should be lower).
Something that you should keep in mind is (in their own words):
“We backup as much data as we are able to retrieve from Twitter for your account. In some cases, we are unable to backup 100% of your Twitter data due to current limitations with the Twitter API. For example, Twitter limits access to Tweets to the most recent 3,200. In the future, if Twitter removes this limit, TweetGuard will automatically back up the rest of your tweets.”
TweetGuard displays an archive of your tweets, messages, favorites and friends — each in a different tab. You can also choose to have a weekly summary of your backup activity sent to you by email. This is a good idea so that you can keep tabs on what’s going on and if everything is being backed up without issues.
There is not much you can do with your archived tweets, but you can search through them as desired. The magnifying glass icon in the top left pops out a search bar when clicked.
On the right side of the page you will see your backup process, current Twitter stats and backup stats. There is also a strategically placed link that will let you send out a tweet about TweetGuard. They promise to never tweet through your account without permission.
As you can see, the site is very easy to use; there is nothing complex about it. You can also export your tweets as a CSV or XML file. Getting either is a simple as just clicking on a link and then saving it.
Once the backup is done, the green box (pictured above) will disappear. Your tweets will now be backed up everyday. There is really not any information on the site about the service, so if you have any issues it’s probably best to contact them on Twitter.
Though there are quite a few sites out there for backing up tweets, TweetGuard is definitely one of the quickest and simplest to use.