Yes, you can see deleted tweets - if you search in the right place. You are in the right place.
Once something is posted on the Internet, it’s out there forever - in most cases. And it is the same with tweets. Although the deleted tweets are removed from Twitter, they are not removed from the Internet and can be viewed at any time by anyone who knows how to do so.
It isn't easy as it sounds, however. In this post, we will tell you different ways to find deleted tweets. Let's get started!
How To See Deleted Tweets Through Wayback Machine
You've probably heard of the Wayback Machine. If you haven't, Wayback Machine is simply a digital archive of web pages on the Internet. The Wayback Machine automatically crawls the Internet and saves a snapshot of the web pages it finds to its archives.
The main use case of this tool is that you can go back in time to view a web page at a certain point in time. If you feed it the URL you’re searching for, and select a certain date from its calendar, you will get a glimpse of what the page was like on that particular date.
Using this tool, you will still be able to see tweets that have been deleted months or even years ago. If you enter the URL of a particular Twitter profile, it will show you the results of all archived tweets and posts from that profile.
Here is how it is done:
- Open archive.org/web on your PC.
- Enter the link to the Twitter profile of the person whose tweets you would like to see, and then hit the BROWSE HISTORY button.
- Next, choose the date for which you want to see the tweet from the calendar below on the website.
- That’s it, here you will see deleted tweets with text and photos.
It’s worth mentioning that not all deleted tweets may be archived. If a Twitter user quickly deleted a tweet before it had the chance to be archived, then it may not appear in the Wayback Machine. Also, if the Twitter account is private - meaning the tweets are protected - then they will not be accessible through the archive.
- Read More: How To Edit Tweets On Twitter
How To See Deleted Tweets Using Snapbird
Snapbird is one of the most popular ways to access deleted tweets. It's a third-party app that lets you search your tweet, message, and mention history further back than 10 days (Twitter allows you to search history only up to 10 days).
- Go to the SnapBird website.
- Authenticate your Twitter account, and you are done.
- Now you can click on the search tool in the top left corner and enter any keyword to search through your account.
As you may have understood, you can only see deleted tweets of yourself with this app - not those of others. The Snapbird website seems to not work as of the time of writing. If you’re looking for alternatives to SnapBird, Twitter Search is another popular tool that lets you search your entire timeline.
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