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The Library of Congress Will No Longer Archive Every Tweet

The Library of Congress Will No Longer Archive Every Tweet

"The Library will also engage with Twitter to resolve issues associated with managing transactions that generate deletions of tweets, and user access issues".

"Now the Library of Congress won't archive every Tweet". 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. The volume of tweets the Library receives each day has grown from 140 million beginning in February 2011 to almost half a billion tweets each day as of October 2012. It uses the same method in archiving other documents.

As the twelfth year of Twitter draws to a close, the Library has chose to change its collection strategy for receipt of tweets on December 31, 2017.

But as anyone who's been following along can attest, Twitter and the way it's used has changed since then.

1, the Library of Congress will change its policy from collecting every tweet to saving ones on a select and more scrutinizing basis.

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"Social media is not 'too big to moderate;' it takes time, money, and resources to effectively manage social media content". Today, many organisations, celebrities and politicians, including President Donald Trump, view it as a crucial tool for reaching their audiences. It also minimized the gap between the famous and anonymous. He tweeted during the wake of the white supremacist violence in Charlottesville, Va in summer. But more to the point, many tweets would seem downright nonsensical and pointless when separated from crucial audio or visual cues. And the most retweeted message was a plea from a teenager on a quest for a year's worth of free chicken nuggets. The tweet attracted more than three million retweets.

Thus, the library has moved that it will begin treating social media more like it would any other variety of collection. "Given the unknown direction of social media when the [collection of tweets] was first planned, the Library made an exception for public tweets". In 2010, Twitter recorded half a billion tweets posted every 14 days. Furthermore, the tweets are now longer than they were before. In the meantime, the LOC still hasn't decided how best to provide the public with access to all the tweets it now has.

The Library's Twitter archive is not yet available to the public.

The library, which is believed to be the largest in the world with a mission of preserving important national and global cultural records, announced this week it would stop collecting the entire Twittersphere's tweets from January 2018. "The Library will work with Twitter to acquire tweets on a selective basis".