The Library of US Congress no longer wants all your tweets

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It cited the much larger volume of tweets generated now, as well as Twitter's decision to double the character limit from 140 to 280.

Starting on Jan 1, 2018, the library will apply the same selective discretion to tweets that it uses for other documents, collecting and archiving material around themes or events of outcome. The Library of Congress only archives websites on a selective basis, unlike the nonprofit, non-governmental organisation the Internet Archive, which has a much broader goal of archiving everything online with its Wayback Machine.

Unfortunately, the Library of Congress has only been collecting the text from tweets, so none of your amusing GIFs, image-based memes or videos will have been preserved through the archive. In 2010, the institution reached an "exciting and groundbreaking" agreement with Twitter to acquire the text of every public tweet posted from 2006 through April 2010 in a "bold and celebrated" initiative that was praised by researchers.

The Library of Congress will implement selection discretion to tweets starting on January 1, 2018. The Library now has a secure collection of tweet text, documenting the first 12 years (2006-2017) of this dynamic communications channel-its emergence, its applications and its evolution.

Twitter gave the Library of Congress an archive in 2010 containing every public tweet since its launch four years earlier, as well as access to subsequent tweets posted publicly by the platform's millions of monthly users.




Yesterday, the US Library of Congress announced a change to its social media archiving policy. "As a result of the review, the Library has determined that its initial Twitter collection will consist of a twelve-year snapshot of the beginning of one of social media's most important and transformative communication tools". It does not receive images, videos or linked content. Tweets now are often more visual than textual, limiting the value of text-only collecting. Given the unknown direction of social media when the gift was first planned, the Library made an exception for public tweets. "Generally, the tweets collected and archived will be thematic and event-based, including events such as elections, or themes of ongoing national interest, e.g. public policy", the library said. They even went out of their way in preserving everyone's Tweets for future generations.

These complications affected public access to the archive.

"The Twitter Archive may prove to be one of this generation's most significant legacies to future generations".

Going forward, the library says it will focus on preserving the enormous collection of tweets that it has already amassed: a sort of oral history of the social media era.

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