Twitter has made it official, you'll be able to grab your tweets, all of them, and have them neatly packed in an archive. There's not much you can do with them after that, but if you're the type of person who likes the feeling of knowing that your tweets are safe, no matter what happens to Twitter, or the internet for that matter, then this feature is for you.
"If you tweet, you may have found yourself wanting to go back in time and explore your past Tweets. Maybe you wanted to recall your reaction to the 2008 election, reminisce on what you said to your partner on your 10th anniversary, or just see your first few Tweets," Twitter explained.
"We’re introducing the ability to download your Twitter archive, so you’ll get all your Tweets (including Retweets) going back to the beginning. Once you have your Twitter archive, you can view your Tweets by month, or search your archive to find Tweets with certain words, phrases, hashtags or @usernames," it added.
One thing that's possible with the new feature is exploring your past tweets. Now, your archive is incredibly short, there's basically no way of looking back at the tweets you made a year ago, even though they're still there and still public.
In fact, it's this use case that is more likely than exporting your tweets with the intention of publishing them elsewhere.
That's because there's really no place else where you could put them, where it would make sense at least, and also because, devoid of context, both in terms of what everyone else was saying and in terms of when the tweet was made, the vast majority of your tweets are worthless.
You should be seeing the export feature soon enough, though it could take a few days or even weeks until it's enabled for you, months if you don't use the English version of the site.