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Library Of Congress To Archive Every Public Tweet

Library Of Congress acquires Twitter archive

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The Library of Congress said today it will digitally archive every public tweet since Twitter’s launch in March 2006.

On the Library of Congress blog Matt Raymond writes, "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."

The Library of Congress announced the news in this tweet: Library acquires ENTIRE Twitter archive. All tweets.

Twitter-Archive

Raymond offers more details about the Library acquiring the entire Twitter archive. "So if you think the Library of Congress is ‘just books,’ think of this: The Library has been collecting materials from the web since it began harvesting congressional and presidential campaign websites in 2000.  Today we hold more than 167 terabytes of web-based information, including legal blogs, websites of candidates for national office, and websites of Members of Congress."

A few examples of important tweets include:

The first-ever tweet from Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey (http://twitter.com/jack/status/20), President Obama’s tweet about winning the 2008 election (http://twitter.com/barackobama/status/992176676), and a set of two tweets from a photojournalist who was arrested in Egypt and then freed because of a series of events set into motion by his use of Twitter (http://twitter.com/jamesbuck/status/786571964) and (http://twitter.com/jamesbuck/status/787167620).

Earlier today Google announced a new search option that allows users to view an archive of tweets on any topic in a timeline format.
 

 

Library Of Congress To Archive Every Public Tweet


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