What happens when a tweet used in Storify is deleted?

Someone will undoubtedly already know, but I don't, and I'll find out soon. I've posted a tweet on Sunday 1 May 2011 at 7.50pm and will delete it tomorrow and monitor to see what happens.

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  1. There should be a tweet below, which says "This is a test tweet that I'll delete tomorrow - just trying something out :)". Its URL is  http://twitter.com/JoBrodie/status/64760728212611072  (which will soon stop working once I've deleted the tweet).

    I'm wondering if Storify pages are dynamically generated, recreating the page by pulling in all of the individual items that make it up (essentially a series of disparate, individual RSS feeds, one for each item). Or they may well be combined and captured into one page with a single URL.

    I'm expecting that, if it's the former, then deleting this tweet from Twitter will remove it (after some unknown period of time) from Storify. If it remains here in perpetuity then the second theory seems plausible - mind you there could well be some other reason that I've not thought of.
  2. For future saving of tweets I recommend Freezepage. You can freezepage a whole page of tweets from the person's timeline, for example - a nice example is a selection of tweets from Gillian McKeith when she made a bit of a twitter boo-boo last year.

    If you want to save an individual tweet look for its timestamp (eg 53 minutes ago or 5.15pm April 30th) and click on that; it will take you to a single page on which sits the tweet of interest.


    There's a similar Storify story I previously wrote on this sort of thing (I'm a librarian and therefore a bit obsessed with curating things).

  3. Edit: Tweet deleted from Twitter at 15.20 on Monday 2 May 2011...
  4. Edit: 17:20 2 May 2011 - the tweet's still here on Storify which doesn't surprise as much as the updating timestamp. At the time of writing it says that it was posted to Twitter 21 hours ago (true) and when I deleted it earlier today it said 19 hours ago (also true, at the time). I'm a bit surprised that an absent tweet is still being counted, unless it simply recalculates from the known time at which the tweet was posted. 
  5. Edit: 08.33 27 March 2014 - three years on and the tweet's still there, with a correct timestamp (it's not the typical granular X o'clock on Thursday the umpteenth of May 2011 that you'd expect from a still-alive tweet, but I'm impressed that it knows when it was sent, even though it's no longer there).
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