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Library of Congress to archive tweets, librarians around the world die just a little

Posted in Finds, Thoughts with tags , , , , , on April 15, 2010 by Mitch Leuraner

CBC is reporting that Twitter has “donated” access to its entire archive – going back to March 2006 – to the Library of Congress so that it can be used for research.

<sigh>

That tweet you made at 3am, drunk, alerting all your followers of your late-night Taco Bell run… that will be there.  Forever.

The library’s Director of Communications Matt Raymond is quoted as saying:

…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.

It certainly does boggle the mind.  In fact, it’s frightening.  I was a late adopter of Twitter, mostly because of the sheer volume of useless tweets that my friends were constantly receiving. In truth, I only really use my Twitter account as a way to promote this blog. Had I realized ahead of time that every worthless 140 character message I sent would be recorded in a national library, I probably would have thought twice about joining.

Too late now.