One of the most lamented aspects of the Twitter API is the fact that there is no way to programmatically retrieve tweets sent more than 3,200 updates ago. For heavy Twitter users, that means that tweets sent as recently as one year or so ago cannot be retrieved unless the ID number is known. Because I enjoy archiving things, and because I realized that I might someday want to access some of my earliest updates, I wrote twitstash to archive tweets as they were posted. I started running this script back when I only had a few hundred tweets, and due to continuous use I can now access (and search) every single tweet I’ve ever posted — even though there are now tens of thousands of them.

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