Library of Congress Acquires the Twitter Archives and All Your Embarrassing Tweets

7 years ago

Things on the Internet really do live on forever: The Library of Congress announced today that it has acquired the Twitter archives. Every public tweet from March 21, 2006 is now in the hands of your government for archival and scholarly purposes.

And taking the news to a meta level, after directing people from Twitter, the Library of Congress announced this news on its Facebook page -- since its blog is experiencing a disruption in service.

"Have you ever sent out a 'tweet' on the popular Twitter social media service? Congratulations: Your 140 characters or less will now be housed in the Library of Congress," reads the Facebook note.

Go_Tarheels asks, "So what exactly will the Library of Congress do with all of our tweets?" And Torimain cringes, "creepy?"

Though it's perhaps Lindywasp who puts it all in perspective: "Apparently the Library of Congress will save my "pickled ass" tweet in perpetuity. Hmmm... how else can I embarrass my mother?"

How does knowing that your tweets will end up in a Library of Congress archive change the way you use Twitter?


The Library of Congress archives all of Twitter: What's your reaction?survey software

Melissa writes Stirrup Queens and Lost and Found. Her book is Navigating the Land of If.

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