Pidgin is a free and open-source, multi-protocol chat client, that can connect to AIM, Gtalk, Yahoo, MSN, IRC and many popular chat networks.
Saving Tweets using Pidgin
- Download and Install Pidgin.
- Go to Tools > Plugins. From the plugins list, tick Twitgin – Twitter plugin for Pidgin.
- Enable Logging from Tools > Preferences > Logging. Tick all check-boxes.
- Add a new Twitter account. (Navigate to Accounts > Manage Accounts > Add… Choose protocol as TwitterIM, give twitter username and password)
Now Pidgin will fetch all tweets from those you follow and show in and IM window. Every IM you send will be a status update. You can reply to tweets by clicking their username. See your mentions (@replies) by typing in /replies in the IM box.
All tweets including your friends updates and your own tweets, will be saved a text file (or html file, if you had chosen html in the logging preferences). You can access the log from Buddies > View user log… (Use Name as twitter.com and Account as the respecive twitter account.)
On the window that follows, watch for “Browse Logs folder” button (see image). This opens up the folder with all logs saved as txt files. That’s your twitter backup.
Bonus: Add Facebook chat to Pidgin using Facebook Plugin.