Library of Congress Adds Twitter to Collection

Yes, all of Twitter—every public tweet since 2006
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 14, 2010 3:00 PM CDT
Library of Congress Adds Twitter to Collection
A screenshot from the Library of Congress' Twitter feed.

Good news: future generations will someday be able to read about what you ate for lunch, your opinions on last night’s Lost, and anything else you’ve decided to Tweet about, in the hallowed halls of the Library of Congress. The Library today announced—via Tweet, naturally—that it would be acquiring Twitter’s entire archive, “ALL public tweets, ever, since March 2006!”

The Library has been very active in advancing platforms for understanding online data, ReadWriteWeb explains, so this move could enable a host of new academic research. “I'm no Ph.D., but 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,” a Library blogger writes. “I'm certain we'll learn things that none of us now can even possibly conceive.” (More Library of Congress stories.)

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