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Business Twitter - Public or Private? Library of Congress is Saving

twitterLibrary of Congress Archiving All Public Tweets even those made by your business.
The Library of Congress announced on Wednesday that it will digitally archive and preserve all of the tweets from non-protected users since the beginning of Twitter.  There is not an exception for business or personal.  New tweets will only be archived after a six month delay, and will be used for the Library's internal use and non-commercial research. Archived tweets will be on display to the public through the Library, allowing tweets from significant historic events to be studied.  This just proves again that every business owner is a publisher.
You can read Twitter's blog entry on the announcement at http://blog.twitter.com/2010/04/tweet-preservation.html.
Did you know that the Library of Congress has a Blog?  Matt just wrote an article here: 

twitter_logoHave 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.

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.

Read More of this article by Matt Raymond.

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?

Topics: Government Twitter for Business Social Media