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Friday, April 16, 2010

Library of Congress to Archive Tweets

The US Library of Congress has announced that it will archive all public tweets. See more in it's blog. To be mine-able, for ever and ever, all your mundane thoughts. I had been starting to think that Twitter's attraction was that it was all throw-away. Maybe not.

" ... That’s right. Every public tweet, ever, since Twitter’s inception in March 2006, will be archived digitally at the Library of Congress. That’s a LOT of tweets, by the way: Twitter processes more than 50 million tweets every day, with the total numbering in the billions ... "

Update and repost: I received quite a few emails regarding this message, and it has seen lots of other comment on the Web. It is good to also mention the Internet Archive Wayback Machine, which does a similar thing for the whole Web. I have used it for several research topics and it is worth understanding as to it's contribution to the permanency of the Internet record.

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