Is Twitter shutting down? How to download account data just in case. – USA TODAY

Is Twitter shutting down? How to download account data just in case. – USA TODAY

#TwitterMigration. #Twittershutdown. #TwitterIsDead. These trending hashtags pose a looming threat – is this the end of Twitter? 
The speculation comes as a growing number of Twitter employees resign after a Thursday deadline to remain at their jobs or quit. Elon Musk gave employees an ultimatum: commit to an “extremely hardcore” work environment and build “a breakthrough Twitter 2.0” or leave. Those who chose the latter would receive three months of severance. 
Twitter also announced it was closing office buildings and disabling employee badge access through the weekend, The New York Times reported. The announcement prompted “just in case” tweets with users sharing other social media profiles and plans to move to other sites.
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Downloading your Twitter data will give you access to a file of account information, history, activity, interests, ad data and apps and devices.
Don’t expect a file with your oldest tweets right away. This process can take 24 hours or even longer. Twitter will send you an in-app notification when the archive is ready to download. 
With Twitter staff leaving and the announcement of the temporary building lockout, many speculate Twitter is approaching a shutdown as well. Users flocked to downdetector.com to report thousands of Twitter outages late Thursday night into Friday morning. But that doesn’t mean the app is saying goodbye – after all, Musk did purchase it for $44 billion
As users reported outages, Musk tweeted that the app “just hit another all-time high in Twitter usage.” He also responded to concerns that the app was shutting down.
The best people are staying, so Iā€™m not super worried
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