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Library of Congress will Archive all Public Tweets for Historical Purposes

Rant by Joey Paur

Seriously! Anyone that's ever been on twitter and sent out a tweet will forever be archived in the United States Library of Congress for historical purposes. So some time in the very distant future some historian is going to go through and read what people were tweeting about back in the 21st century? I'd hate to be that guy. Seems like a terrible job. 

Maybe our tweets will play a role in unraveling a mystery in National Treasure Part 10.

The Library of Congress tweeted the news from their own twitter account at Twitter.com/librarycongress.

Library to acquire ENTIRE Twitter archive -- ALL public tweets, ever, since March 2006! Details to follow.

Later on in the day they made an official announcement on their website saying:

Have you ever sent out a “tweet” on the popular Twitter social media service? Congratulations: Your 140 characters or less will now be housed in the Library of Congress.

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.

It boggles my mind to think what we might be able to learn about ourselves and the world around us from this wealth of data. And I’m certain we’ll learn things that none of us now can even possibly conceive.

So for all you tweeter's out there like us, your twitter thoughts now belong to the United States of America. I imagine there are going to be some mixed feelings about this.

So tell us what ya think!

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