Library of Congress to add Twitter to annals of history

Quick, Tweet something important! The Library of Congress just announced that it's going to begin archiving every public Tweet all the way back to the earliest Tweets made when the service began in March of '06, to the 140-character nuggets of wisdom you drop in the future.

"That's right. Every public tweet, ever, since Twitter's inception in March 2006, will be archived digitally at the Library of Congress," the government agency wrote on its Facebook page. "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."

So, what convinced the Library of Congress to make the move? The LOC offered a short list of important Twitter updates, including "the first ever tweet from Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey, President Obama's tweet about winning the 2008 election, and a set of two tweets from a photojournalist who was arrested in Egypt and then freed because of a series of events set into motion by his use of Twitter."

Of course, historians for generations to come will also know that picked-entirely-from-random Twitter user "jamesondford" just dropped his ice cream. Sorry to hear that, buddy!

The announcement by the LOC has plenty of Twitter users voicing concerns over privacy, such as Daniel Ickler, another random user, who made no bones about it: "Library of Congress, [fudge] you for stealing my twitter privacy. [Fudge]. you." (And no, Daniel isn't a huge fan of fudge.) In response, the Library of Congress pointed out that only public Tweets would be saved.

Via The Register