When Facebook launched Timeline last year, I was super excited. Yeah, lots of people moaned about the new layout because that’s their prerogative, but my favorite addition was the ability to easily view my older posts. Rather than forcing you to keep loading an infinite log of past entries until your browser crashed, the Timeline allows you to simply pick a portion of time and see what you were doing back then. I’m not happy with the fact that they abbreviated much of that content, but c’est la vie. Twitter, however, has abstained from letting you view your oldest content for, as they describe, technical reasons. Well, it looks like it won’t be long until you can see your earliest content. That’s probably scarier than it sounds.
It’s been two years since I fell out of love with Twitter. The signal to noise ratio simply got too high. Still, during those earliest days, when I was broadcasting to the world by text message, I was totally hot for it. I started posting in earnest when I went to a corporate retreat in Dallas back in September 2008, back when people used to randomly strike up conversations with you. I had a dumbphone and no internet, so I posted a lot. It wasn’t long before that content vanished into the ether, though. In 2009, I’d tried to grab as much of my Twitter log as I could (before the aforementioned browser crash) and I simply didn’t get far enough. Those tweets became impossible to reach and now, three years later, I’m finally able to see all those terrible, terrible things I wrote. The Verge reports that people are starting to gain access, but only in limited amounts and, apparently, only in Europe.
Hey Twitter, if you want to whitelist a certain @TerranCEO, I’d be most thankful. Otherwise, you should anticipate getting access to all those old tweets by the end of the year, per Twitter.