Twitter at Library of Congress

If you have posted a public tweet, you’re now at the Library of Congress – for posterity! I hope it was a good one!

Every tweet from 2006 on will now be archived at the Library of Congress. According to LC, Twitter processes more than 50,000,000 tweets a day, so you can imagine the size of this archive – or the size it could become.

You may ask yourself why the Library of Congress would even be interested. In their FAQ, they’ve answered that question:

Twitter is part of the historical record of communication, news reporting, and social trends – all of which complement the Library’s existing cultural heritage collections.

Recently the popular responses to Obama’s election and Iran’s Green Revolution are embedded in the tweets.


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