Archiving tweets for public record retention

Tweets as public records

Many federal, state and local government organizations are becoming active on Twitter. The White House is on Twitter. San Francisco is on Twitter. So are many other organizations large and small. With the widespread Twitter usage, come questions on whether tweets are considered public records under the Freedom of Information Act, and if so what is the best way to archive them.

Federal government lawyers have determined that all tweets posted by the White House spokesman need to be archived. Washington State Archive recently released a records management advice that offers guidance to state and local organizations on management and retention of messages posted to social media sites, including Twitter. It states that messages sent and received while transacting public business are considered public records. Other states will likely follow with similar guidance in the near future.

TwInbox – perfect Twitter archiving and retention solution

Many organizations have already started experimenting with TwInbox for managing and archiving tweets. They have found that TwInbox fits that bill very well. TwInbox integrates with Microsoft Outlook and adds a new toolbar to the Outlook user interface. All tweets, sent and received, are stored in Outlook folders.

Most government employees are already using Outlook. With TwInbox, there is no need for visiting the Twitter website or using a standalone client. Since users are already familiar with Outlook, there is little need for additional training and support.

Since tweets are stored in Outlook, the full power of Outlook features can be used for archiving, searching and managing tweets. If you already have an email archiving solution that works with Outlook, you can use it for tweets as well.

Are you using TwInbox already? If so, we would love to hear how it is working for you. If you have not used TwInbox, you can learn more and download it here.

Archiving Email

As you know, email messages are also considered public records. For email retention, learn more about MessageSave – a powerful email archiving solution with low cost of ownership.

QuickJump 1.2 release

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We have just released a new version of QuickJump – 1.2. This version includes a number of great time-saving features and usability enhancements.

If you have not tried it yet, learn more and download a trial version of  QuickJump here.  You will be surprised by how it can cut down the number of repetitive steps your perform every hour and how much time it can save you.

What is new in this release

  • Added right-click context menu to the Folder Lookup window.
  • Added keyboard navigation commands to the Folder Lookup window.
  • Added an ability to use 3rd party folder explorers, even if they are not set as Windows default. (Configurable in the Options window).
  • Added an ability to make the Folder Lookup window partially transparent.
  • A number of usability tweaks, performance and bug fixes

Download QuickJump 1.2

Licensed users are entitled to upgrade to this release free of charge. Simply download and install the new version over your current installation.

Download QuickJump 1.2.

We are looking forward to your feedback

Drop us a note and let us know how you like this new version. We’d love to hear from you and we always look forward to your feedback.  


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New TwInbox 2.0 Beta release – December 8, 2009

TwInbox LogoA new release of TwInbox 2.0 Beta is ready for your twittering pleasure. We have received a lot of great feedback after the previous beta release. It was overwhelmingly positive. Big Thanks to those of you who sent us your comments. This release adds several features which are all based on your suggestions.

What is new in this release

  • An option to specify any destination folder for storing tweets, instead of using the standard Twitter layout
  • An option not to save messages you send
  • x64 support. Now you can use TwInbox with the 64-bit version of Outlook 2010. Note: new-style UI is not supported yet.
  • A number of usability tweeks, performance and bug fixes

Download TwInbox 2.0 Beta

Download TwInbox 2.0 beta.

We are looking forward to your feedback

As with every beta release, we ask that you please take time to submit your feedback.  If you enjoy using TwInbox, please show your support by telling your friends about it. Thank you for your continued help and support in making TwInbox a success!

Do not forget to follow @TechHit to receive update notifications.



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Microsoft Office 2010 Release Date

Update: Office 2010 has been released to manufacturing on April 15, 2010. Business customers with software assurance (SA) received it on April 27. Volume Licensing customers receive it on May 1.


BetaNews has confirmed that Microsoft Office 2010 will be released in June of 2010. Microsoft Office Web Apps will likely be released at the same time.

64-bit vs 32-bit

Microsoft Office 2010 is the first release of Office that will be available in both 32-bit and 64-bit flavors. Microsoft recommends that you run the 32-bit Office even on x64 Windows, unless you have a special reason to use the 64-bit version of Office. For those of you installing Office 2010 x64, what are some of the reasons you are choosing to install the x64 bit version?

Will TechHit products support Office 2010?

Yes, absolutely! We have performed a preliminary round of testing of TechHit Outlook products with a beta version of Outlook 2010. The basic functionality works well with the 32-bit version of Outlook. Kudos to Microsoft for doing a good job on preserving API compatibility. We are planning on supporting 64-bit version as well as enhanced integration with the new-style UI. Follow this blog for news and beta version announcements.

Update: This article was published in December of 2009. Please see for the latest Office 2010 compatibility information.


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TwInbox 2.0 Public Beta 1

TwInbox LogoToday we are starting an open public beta cycle for TwInbox 2.0. Ever since the first release of TwInbox (know as OutTwit at the time) back in 2007, one of the most frequently requested features has been multiple account support. We are happy to tell you that TwInbox 2.0 adds support for multiple accounts along with a number of other great enhancements.

What is new in TwInbox 2.0

  • Multiple account support
  • New options for tweet folder layout (All tweets in one folder vs separate Home/Mentions/Direct vs per sender)
  • support, including an ability to use your own account
  • An option to specify language for Twitter searches
  • An option to preview shortened URL information before jumping to the destination link
  • A configurable hotkey for Retweet
  • UI options for a number of settings which previously had to be edited via the registry
  • Improved support for Windows 7
  • A number of usability tweeks, performance and bug fixes

Note: TwInbox 2.0 introduces preliminary support for Outlook 2010, 32 bit only. 64 bit support is in the works.

Download TwInbox 2.0 Beta

Download TwInbox 2.0 beta.

Migrating from TwInbox 1.x

TwInbox 2.0 uses a different folder layout for storing tweets. The welcome wizard will help you select a main TwInbox folder. TwInbox will automatically create sub-folders for every account under that folder.

Note that if you created searches in TwInbox 1.x, those will be imported, but they will continue using the folders you originally specified for them. Please review your search configurations after you start using TwInbox 2.0 for the first time.

We are looking forward to your feedback

As with every beta release, we ask that you please take time to submit your feedback. Thank you for your continued help and support in making TwInbox a success!

Do not forget to follow @TechHit to receive update notifications.


MessageSave release

We have released a new version of MessageSave – This is a minor update which includes one change for improved support of 64-bit Windows.

MessageSave has an option to launch File Explorer to view files after saving them. Now MessageSave launches a 64-bit version of File Explorer when running on a 64-bit version of Windows. We recommend upgrading if you are running a 64-bit OS.

New product – QuickJump – allows fast Windows folder navigation

QuickJump LogoToday we are excited to announce the first non-beta release of QuickJump.

QuickJump solves a relatively narrow, but very important and time-consuming productivity issue – navigating between various file system folders. No longer do you have to click up and down the folder tree every time you need to save or open a file. QuickJump will help you get to the right folder with just a few keystrokes. What is especially useful is that it works in standard “File Open” or “Save As” dialogs of any windows applications. Of course, you can use it to open folders in File Explorer as well.

How much testing went into QuickJump to date?

QuickJump has been in production deployment at several pilot sites for about four months now. We would like to sincerely thank all participants in the beta program for their feedback and encouragement. Beta-tester feedback has been overwhelmingly positive for both usability and stability of the product.  One of them, Mario Fortier, kindly allowed us to publish his quote. Thank you again!

QuickJump is an incredible piece of software. We first tried it in combination with MessageSave and ended out using it all the time.

We are an IP firm in Canada and are dealing with more then 50,000 files each having it’s own sub directory often with subdirectories. With QuickJump we can really jump into any of those sub in a flash.

QuickJump and a bit of methodology and I believe we might never need a Document Management system.

My only regret : I wish I had coded it myself.

Where can I learn more?

Watch a quick screencast demo.

We have also put together this FAQ page.

Enough already, let me download and try it.

Learn more and download QuickJump here.

As always, we are looking forward to your feedback!



SimplyFile review in the Technology for Educators blog

Thanks to Sue Frantz at Technology for Educators for publishing a review of SimplyFile.

SimplyFile is an Outlook addin. I tried it for 30 days, but I wasn’t sure it was worth the price. I uninstalled it. After not having it for an hour, I pulled out my credit card. It made my email time so much more efficient, I couldn’t go back to my pre-SimplyFile way of doing things.

Read the rest of the review.

And stay tuned for the upcoming release of QuickJump. I have a feeling it will cause a similar reaction in many of you :).

QuickJump public beta is available today

QuickJump LogoOur QuickJump product has reached another important milestone today – public beta.

First of all we would like to thank everyone who participated in the invitation beta. We have received a lot of very positive feedback. Judging by your warm reception, QuickJump has been our most successfull beta to date.

QuickJump invitation beta proved to be quite stable and reliable. We have made only a few minor changes. This means that QuickJump is well on its way towards its first official release. We are very excited about that!

Download QuickJump beta today!

Thank you for your interest! We are looking forward to your feedback. And please stay tuned for the official QuickJump release in the near future.