Billions of tweets to be archived

The US Library of Congress has announced it will archive Twitter’s entire back catalogue of public tweets.

Billions of tweets to be archived

With the microblogging site recently passing the hundred million user mark, the US library said the billions of sent tweets represented a huge “wealth of data” that could have several research and scholarly implications.

“It boggles my mind to think what we might be able to learn about ourselves and the world around us,” said the library’s director of communications Matt Raymond in a post on the institution’s blog.

It’s very exciting that tweets are becoming part of history

Twitter estimates that 55 million tweets are sent via the service each day, and new messages will be added to the library’s archive six months after they are originally sent.

Some of the tweets included will be the message sent by President Obama upon winning the 2008 US election and the first ever tweet, which was sent by co-founder Jack Dorsey.

“It’s very exciting that tweets are becoming part of history,” said Twitter co-founder Biz Stone in a post on the firm’s blog. “The open exchange of information can have a positive global impact. This is something we firmly believe and it has driven many of our decisions regarding openness.”

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