Two weeks ago the Library of Congress announced that they will be archiving all public tweets since Twitter began. The tweets have been given to the library as a ‘gift’ from Twitter.
The announcement was fittingly made on Twitter.
Yesterday the Library of Congress blog published a list of FAQs abouut the approach they will be taking.
The FAQ explains:
- Why is it important to preserve the Twitter archive?
It sees Twitter is part of the historical record of communication, news reporting, and social trends – all of which complement the Library’s existing cultural heritage collections.
- What is in the Archive?
Public information. Not private account information or deleted tweets.
- What does the Library plan to do with the archive?
Its aims are preserving access to the archive for the long term and making data available to researchers.