It’s easy to share your entire life on Twitter. We share news, stories, images, video links and just about everything you can put online. The ability to peek into other people’s lives or discover new countries, cities and cultures is part of what makes social networking special.
However, if for some reason you have to delete images posted to Twitter, how do you get them back? Here’s a quick guide on how to quickly recover deleted Twitter images.
How To Find Deleted Twitter Images
Twitter uses Photobucket to host images posted in Tweets. Photobucket is a separate online portal where users can share images and videos and create albums for others to see. It does this by creating virtual space and assigning a specific URL to it. That URL can then be shared with anyone you want to.
Sharing an image on Twitter will result in a URL like this : pic.twitter.com/PICNAME
If you access it directly, the URL will look more like this: https://twitter.com/#!/TWITTERNAME/status/12134567890/photo/12
When you delete an image on Twitter, you actually delete the corresponding Tweet containing that image. That takes it out of Twitter and stops it being searchable and indexed.
However, if you copy that direct URL, the image will still be accessible. So for a while at least, the image will remain on Photobucket for you to recover. We assume that this is because while Twitter has marked the image as deleted, the housekeeping process runs on a schedule.
That gives you an undetermined period of time with which to quickly recover deleted Twitter images.
So the moral of this article is to always copy the direct URL of the image when posting it to Twitter. That way, if you need to quickly recover deleted Twitter images, and as long as the housekeeping hasn’t been done, you should be able to access and copy that image in seconds!