April 14th, 2010 by Matt Raymond
That’s right. Every public tweet, ever, since Twitter’s inception in March 2006, will be archived digitally at the Library of Congress. That’s a LOT of tweets, by the way: Twitter processes more than 50 million tweets every day, with the total numbering in the billions.
We thought it fitting to give the initial heads-up to the Twitter community itself via our own feed @librarycongress. (By the way, out of sheer coincidence, the announcement comes on the same day our own number of feed-followers has surpassed 50,000. I love serendipity!)
We will also be putting out a press release later with even more details and quotes. Expect to see an emphasis on the scholarly and research implications of the acquisition. I’m no Ph.D., but 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. And I’m certain we’ll learn things that none of us now can even possibly conceive.
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Does this make you nervous? Will the information you tweet come and haunt you in the courts when your business gets sued? Is your business success at risk because twitter stays around longer than for just a few days?
Remember the movie "Miracle on 42nd Street?" The post office delivered the mail to Santa Claus in the court room thereby making him the one and true Santa Claus. If you didn't believe it before, your United States government just said that Twitter is a part of history and must be saved.
Just what the heck will that do to storage costs?