The Library Of Congress Will Archive All Public Twitter Messages Ever
By on April 15th, 2010

Twitter is the de-facto microblogging service nowadays. It is extensively used by social media activists for its ease of use and the simple model it is built on.

One  specialty  of Twitter is the 140 character limit which ensures a content rich message. Well, if you have ever sent a public message on Twitter, it will now feature in the Library Of Congress.

Every public tweet sent on Twitter ever since it was born in March 2006 will now be archived by the Library Of Congress. This decision was announced at an official blog post and through a tweet at the official Twitter account @librarycongress.

Twitter is yet to announce this development through its own official blog. Though, it is expected to be made at Chirp, the ongoing Twitter Developer Conference.

In case you thought what would the Library Of Congress do with archiving tweets, it clarifies by saying,

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.

The Library has done an excellent job archiving hard-copy content over years. This move to archive digital content will surely earn it a name amongst the tech-savvy, information hungry youth.

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  • http://www.saffrontech.com JKS

    55+ million tweets a day … how to manage and make sense of all that data? Interestingly, Saffron Technology also today launched http://www.tweetdive.com, an open source demo app that uses live Twitter feeds as a data source to show how associative memory technology works. Here's a link to their announcement: http://www.saffrontech.com/company/news-and-event

 
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