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Twitter allows for the download of old tweets

Twitter is introducing a new tool that will let users download their entire Twitter archive, including all the tweets and retweets they have posted since joining the service.

The micro-blogging site first began testing the feature over the weekend with a subset of its total users. Now, the company is rolling it out to everyone.

"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," the company wrote in a blog post.

"We know lots of you would like to explore your Twitter past."

The archive will let you view tweets by month, or search for certain words, phrases, hashtags, or @usernames. You can even engage with your old tweets just like you would with current ones, Twitter said.

To access your archive, go to settings and scroll to the bottom to check for the option to request your Twitter archive. If you see it, click the button and you'll receive an email with instructions on how to access your archive when it's ready for you to download.

A number of Twitter users have been complaining that they do not yet see the option to download their archive. Twitter stressed that the feature is rolling out slowly, beginning today with a small percentage of users whose language is set to English.

"Over the coming weeks and months, we'll make it available to all users around the world, for all the languages we offer," Twitter explained.

"We're really excited to bring this feature to everyone, and we appreciate your patience as we work to do so."

Twitter encouraged users to share their favourite retro tweets using the hashtag #TwitterArchive.