How to Search & Find Someone’s Deleted Tweets?

How to Search & Find Someone’s Deleted Tweets
How to Search & Find Someone’s Deleted Tweets

The ease with which celebrities can express themselves on Twitter frequently results in embarrassing gaffes and provocative utterances. People always discover ways to search for and find deleted tweets, even if they are promptly deleted.

In this article, we’ll go over the most common ways to locate and save someone’s deleted tweets. There are a number of wonderful ways to view deleted tweets, ranging from using the Internet Time Machine to scrounging through Google’s cache.

By Googling Nine times out of ten, when someone searches for someone’s deleted tweets, that person is a well-known figure. After all, why not? We all enjoy watching these larger-than-life figures make blunders.

The good news is that you’re probably not the first person to look for deleted celebrity tweets. There are a lot of eyes on these celebrities, from ardent followers to the media. Someone has probably already copied and screen-shotted their tweets.

For example, a website dedicated to archiving the deleted tweets of prominent politicians, including some of their more contentious utterances, exists.

Twitter is the greatest place to find these saved tweets. When celebrity tweets are erased, many intelligent users snap screenshots and publish them. Many renowned people have been caught with their feet firmly in their mouths as a result of this.

Look through the Google cache.

Everyone understands that your browser saves web pages in its cache to make them load faster. But did you realise that Google performs a similar function? You may have seen a little arrow next to some entries while scrolling through Google results. You can view a cached version of that site by clicking on this arrow.

This will allow you to see a deleted tweet from a well-known Twitter account. It’s possible that if the tweet was deleted lately, it’s still in the cache. The only snag is that the account must be well-known for Google to cache it.

To see a cached version of someone’s tweets, look up their Twitter handle on Google.

In search results, their most recent tweets will appear. Select Cached by clicking on the small downwards facing arrow beside any of the entries.

The tweet will open in Google’s cached version. On top, the cache’s date and time will be displayed. It is recommended that you capture a screenshot for yourself because a new cache may overwrite this data.

Using the Internet Archive’s Wayback Machine

The Wayback Machine is your best hope if the deleted tweet you’re looking for is too old to show up in Google’s cache and too unknown for anyone to have preserved it. It’s also known as the Internet Time Machine, and it’s a website that saves public internet sites for eternity.

While there are a few other services that can perform the same thing, the Wayback Machine is by far the most popular and trustworthy.

The Internet Archive has backups of all public web pages, which are taken at regular intervals. You can view a website as it was in the past by going back in time. This lists the Twitter pages of a number of well-known people.

  1. Open the Wayback Machine website to look for deleted tweets in the archives.
  2. Click on BROWSE HISTORY after entering the profile link of the Twitter account you wish to read the history of.
  3. A calendar will appear, listing all of the dates when the Twitter account was archived.
  4. Hover your mouse over a date to see all the photos available for that day, as well as the times they were taken.
  5. To open a photograph, simply click on it. It’s not simply a screenshot; the entire page will reload in its previous state. You can interact normally with the page and screenshot any of the tweets you like.

Using the Twitter Archive to Perform a Search

So far, we’ve looked at how to find someone else’s deleted tweets. But what if you’re seeking for a way to see deleted tweets from yourself?

You won’t have to look too hard this time. Twitter keeps a record of all published tweets, including those that have been removed. Normally, no one can see this information, but anyone may look through their own Twitter history.

To download your Twitter archive, go to the Twitter homepage and select More from the drop-down menu.
From the menu that displays, choose Settings and Privacy.

This will take you to your account settings. From the right-hand pane, select Download an archive of your data.

You will be prompted to confirm your identification by entering a code that will be given to your email address. After that, you’ll see a button that says “Request archive.”

Twitter can take up to a day to email you the archive. When you unzip the zip file and unpack it, your web browser will launch a normal Twitter window. The sole new feature is a search bar that allows you to look up old tweets by date.

It’s Not Always Easy to Find Someone’s Deleted Tweets

Twitter hasn’t made searching for deleted tweets particularly simple. While the Twitter Archive can help you access your own tweet history, it’s much more difficult to locate someone else’s deleted tweets.

If the tweets were from well-known people, there’s a significant probability they were screenshotted and posted by someone else on Twitter. When it comes to finding such cases, Google is your closest friend.

When that doesn’t work, things get a little more complicated. Look for recent tweets in cached copies of the Twitter handle, as Google frequently saves an old page for days. However, if the tweet is older, the Wayback Machine is the best place to look.

Mark Funk
Mark Funk is an experienced information security specialist who works with enterprises to mature and improve their enterprise security programs. Previously, he worked as a security news reporter.