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Library of Congress to store tweets based on Twitter deal/ USA Today

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By Melanie Eversley, USA TODAY
8:31 PM

If you think your tweets go off into never-never land after you fire them off via Twitter, think again.


By Carrie Antlfinger, AP

The Library of Congress has entered into a deal with Twitter, the social networking website, that calls for the federal agency to archive every public tweet ever sent, is reporting. 

The tweets will be held by the library’s repository of historical documents, the news agency reports.

The repository will not include tweets that Twitter users have declared protected, or private, but will include all else.

“We have an agreement with Twitter where they have a bunch of servers with their historic archive of tweets, everything that was sent out and declared to be public,” Bill Lefurgy, digital initiatives program manager at the library’s digital information infrastructure and preservation program, told

The archive contains “billions and billions of tweets” and is “a unique record of our time,” he said.

“There have been studies involved with what are the moods of the public at various times of the day in reaction to certain kinds of news events,” Lefurgy told the news organization. “There’s all these interesting kinds of mixing and matching that can be done using tweets as a big set of data.”

The administration and the National Archives and Records Administration have been pushing federal agencies to better store their social media communications, reports.

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