Here's a scenario. Someone I don't fully trust posts on a forum that he saw some interesting materials in some specific Twitter account tweets and cites those materials.

I want to be sure that material has been indeed posted there. I go to the tweets and don't see those materials - either they've been deleted or they haven't been published there in the first place.

The "one size fits all" solution is to use Google cache, isn't? How do I do that? I query

PhraseFromThatMaterial cache:twitter.com/AccountName

and see empty resultset. What does it mean? How do I use Google Search cache in this scenario?

  • what's done is done.. :)
    – Lipis
    Commented Mar 25, 2011 at 11:38

1 Answer 1


Try a different approach:

Go to Google and search for 'twitter accountname' - select the 'cache' link for the account in question. You will then have access the cache version of their twitter front page.

Chances are that you will be disappointed, because unless the posts you are after happen to be on the first page of that snapshot, you won't be able to retrieve them.

Another long-shot would be to try the Wayback Machine... but I don't fancy your chances.

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