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Archiving your tweets in XML

Wednesday, March 04, 2009 by Dave Winer.

A picture named united.gifWhen I mentioned that I had a tool that archives my Twitter posts, and those of people I follow, a fair number of people asked that I release the code. I have done so, the app has a user interface and docs, and if you want to try it out or run it, you're welcome to.  Permalink to this paragraph

The software runs in the OPML Editor, on Mac or Windows. It maintains a folder of folders of OPML files, one for each user, organized in a calendar structure, one for each day; and it keeps an index, also in OPML, and a weblogs.com-compatible changes.xml file for the whole thing. The pointers in this paragraph point into my archive. If you run the software, you will have your own versions. Permalink to this paragraph

I also added a feature that automatically (and optionally) synchronizes the folder with a structure on Amazon S3. I want to encourage people to try out S3. You don't need a lot of technical skills to do it. I've included a section in the Howto that walks you through it. Permalink to this paragraph

If all this sounds confusing, start here, and follow the instructions, carefully. ;-> Permalink to this paragraph

http://editor.opml.org/twitterCalendarTool.html  Permalink to this paragraph

If you have questions, post them here or as a comment on the Howto. Permalink to this paragraph

Good luck and I hope you enjoy it! ;-> Permalink to this paragraph

PS: There may be some interesting applications that can be built on this structure of folders. Permalink to this paragraph


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A picture named dave.jpgDave Winer, 53, pioneered the development of weblogs, syndication (RSS), podcasting, outlining, and web content management software; former contributing editor at Wired Magazine, research fellow at Harvard Law School, entrepreneur, and investor in web media companies. A native New Yorker, he received a Master's in Computer Science from the University of Wisconsin, a Bachelor's in Mathematics from Tulane University and currently lives in Berkeley, California.

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