Archiving All Tweets:
February 10, 2012 at 9:34 pm #152934
The Library Of Congress Is Archiving Your Tweets
Wonder if this is still valid: (From Wikipedia: The service rapidly gained worldwide popularity, with over 300 million users as of 2011, generating over 300 million tweets and handling over 1.6 billion search queries per day.)
April 18, 2010
Every public message in the history of Twitter will be included in the library's holdings. Host Liane Hansen speaks with Andy Carvin, senior strategist for NPR's Social Media Desk, about the acquisition.
O-M-G. The Library of Congress wants to archive my tweets and your tweets and every public tweet ever. I found out about it on Twitter this week, which will please Andy Carvin, senior strategist for NPR's social media desk, and he's here in the studio.
Andy, really, every tweet, even, you know, the what I had for breakfast ones?
ANDY CARVIN: Breakfast, lunch and dinner. They're grabbing the whole kit and caboodle.
HANSEN: I mean, first of all, the Library of Congress is the oldest federal cultural institution.
HANSEN: Why does it believe tweets are important enough to archive?
CARVIN: Twitter in many ways has become the pulse of what's going on online right now. Because it's a real-time conversation that anyone can chime into at any given point, it's 24-7. And so when something happens somewhere in the world you're almost guaranteed that people will be talking about it or even witnessing it as it happens, whether it's protests and revolution in Kyrgyzstan to people talking about the ham sandwich they just ate and everything in between.
February 10, 2012 at 10:41 pm #152936
I believe so.
I do think the effort in play right now to crowdsource the archiving process of the archived datasets they have at the National Archives is one of the coolest projects I've watched a gov't group put together (NASATweetup would be #1, of course).
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