Library of Congress Stores Public Tweets


Wouldn’t it be interesting to see what people have tweeted over the years? Apparently, Twitter and the Library of Congress thought so, as it was announced that the Library of Congress will document every public tweet since the company’s beginnings in 2006.

While the agreement between the social networking site and the Library of Congress was made official on April 28, 2010, usatoday.com reported that a library employee recently tweeted: “2010’s news of Twitter’s gift to us is getting new legs.”

Protected tweets will not be included in Library files. However, public tweets will be used to discover and explore interesting trends.

According to Daily Mail, Bill Lefurgy, digital initiatives manager for the National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program at the Library of Congress, said, “There have been studies involved with what are the moods of the public at various times of the day in reaction to certain kinds of news events.”Lefurgy called the archive a “unique record of our time.”

What do you think about the Library of Congress storing all public tweets in their archives?