TwapperKeeper is gone…Now What?


   
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A while ago, TwapperKeeper, everyone’s favorite Twitter Archival website, shutdown, and has now integrated with HootSuite. Although I am a big fan of HootSuite, and use it as my primary social media tool, I started archiving my tweets in a very different way a while back, when If This Then That hit the scene.

Why archive your Tweets? Well, I do it because it is one of my primary means of communication with a lot of my friends and colleagues. It’s also where I gather a lot of information, and where I share a lot of resources. Often, I find that I want to go back and gather that info again. Since Twitter only keeps a couple weeks of tweets available on their site, I needed to find a way to archive the things I’ve tweeted. If This Then That (ifttt) and Evernote ended up being the tools that have worked best for me.

The reason I chose Evernote as my archival site is because it’s searchable, it’s mobile, and I use it regularly for other things, so I didn’t have to learn anything new. There are other reasons Evernote is a good choice, as well: you can share notebooks, so if you’re archiving a hashtag that you want to share with your friends, colleagues, or to the entire world. This way, the archive is visible by all the people who may want to use it or have access to it.

Ifttt is a great tool because it automates actions between different social media platforms and other tools, like Evernote, Dropbox, or Delicious. You could easily use ifttt to archive your tweets in any number of these platforms instead of Evernote: you could set up a dropbox folder where each tweet is sent. Or a delicious account where tweets are archived in Delicious with a certain tag, or you could plop them into a google calendar. There are tons of options.

At any rate, I’ve made my ifttt recipe for Twitter to Evernote available for you. All you need to do is a) open an Evernote Account b) create an Evernote Notebook called “YourTwitterUsername tweets archive” c) open a ifttt account and d) link it all together.

What other ways are you archiving your tweets? How else do you use If This Then That or Evernote?

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About Terry Brock

Terry is an archaeologist who lives in Virginia with his fiancee and is writing his PhD at Michigan State University. In his spare time, he writes for Gradhacker, an Inside Higher Ed Blog, and tweets @brockter. His favorite thing he's ever written is Swimming Buddies and a Pipe Cleaner Necklace.