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Library of Congress to archive all public Twitter tweets
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By Jon Swartz, USA TODA SAN FRANCISCO — If you tweet this, it will be in the Library of Congress, which said Tuesday it has acquired every public tweet since Twitter' s service started four years ago. The Library of Congress put it simply today in its own tweet, "Library acquires ENTIRE Twitter archive. ALL tweets." Twitter processes more than 50 million tweets every day, which means billions of tweets are being archived. Personal, direct messages on Twitter will not be archived.
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The library insists it will emphasize tweets with "scholarly and research implications." Among those highlighted by the Library:

•The first-ever tweet from Twitter co -founder Jack Dorsey. •President Obama' s tweet about winning the 2008 election. The Library has gathered content from the web since it began harvesting congressional and presidential campaign websites in 2000. It stores more than 167 terabytes of web- based information , including legal blogs, websites of candidates for national office, and websites of Members of Congress. It also operates the National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program, which is collecting , preserving and making available significant digital content .The news came a day after Twitter said it would run ads in search results, breaking a long aversion to advertising. The Library of Congress announcement was acknowledged during a keynote speech by Twitter CEO Evan Williams at the company's Chirp conference in San Francisco today. Williams rattled off some other pearls about Twitter: •It has more than 105 million registered users . Three-fourths of its online traffic comes from outside , through third-party services like the web, TweetDeck and DestroyTwitter. Previously, Twitter did not disclose its number of customers. Analysts had pegged the figure at about 70 million. Facebook, by comparison, has 400 million members. •It posts 55 million tweets a day and serves 600 million searches daily.

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Phantomguy (1 friends, send message) wrote: 4h 26 m ago

Just another in a very long line of examples of the incredibly wise use of valuable taxpayer dollars . You clowns just don' t get it do you? Well, November will be here before you know it .
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paul2 ( 0 friends, send message) wrote: 8h 45m ago

And what will they be archiving next ?. droppings collected since the MIddle Ages ??
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DO2L (80 friends, send message) wrote: 8h 59 m ago

Huge waste of government resources and for what purpose ? I can' t wait until someone complains because their tweets (provided by the government) land them in divorce court or worse.
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mr dave (6 friends, send message) wrote: 9h 17 m ago

What a waste of time and money !!!
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