Library of Congress Preserves Your Precious Tweets

Library of Congress Preserves your Precious Tweets

The Library of Congress will archive all public messages on Twitter.  How was this announced? Twitter. The Twitter corporation is pleased.

The Library has the very first tweet, the Twitter equivalent of the Gutenberg Bible. It preserves Barack Obama’s presidential victory tweet as well as George Washington’s diary.

While most countries have national libraries, the United States Government repository primarily preserves documents for the use of of the national legislature, like the name says. since members of Congress have been enthusiastic but indiscriminate adopters of Twitter, we wonder if incumbents will be able to restrict access to their own potentially embarrassing tweets until after the next election cycle. Such an effort may be wasted, though, since Google now searches Twitter.

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2 Responses to “Library of Congress Preserves Your Precious Tweets”

  1. Mike Licht Says:


    “OMG! Twitter enters Library of Congress,” Mary Elizabeth Williams, Salon.

    “Library of Congress to archive tweets… you mean these tweets?” Alex Salta, OhMyGov!.com

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