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It really is a shame they haven't provided any mechanism, even if it were less convenient than the standard API interface.

I've seen a lot of talk from Twitter that "you can trust us", "we still have all of your tweets", but it really doesn't help much if there isn't any way to get at them. Has there been any discussion from Twitter that this is even on their radar as a near-term priority?

I was sort of surprised that the Library of Congress work did not include some sort of web.archive equivalent that allowed anyone access to the entire database — Twitter has shown a willingness to let other people solve hard problems it didn't want to, including when it pointed developers to a 3rd-party firehose for a while.




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