The Library of Congress No Longer Wants All the Tweets

Library of Congress Says It Will No Longer Archive Every Public Tweet

The nation's oldest federal cultural institution has digitally stored every public post shared on Twitter since the social media platform's inception in 2006.

The Library of Congress will continue to archive certain tweets after January 1, but will focus on posts that are "thematic and event-based", including tweets concerning political elections, public policy matters or other issues of nation interest, it said in a statement.

In a white paper released on Tuesday, the Library of Congress indicated that the growing volume of tweets had become too overwhelming to store.

The Library regularly reviews its collections practices to account for environmental shifts, diversity of collections and topics, cost effectiveness, use of collections and other factors. "This change results from such a review", the blog reads.

The archive "will remain embargoed until access issues can be resolved in a cost-effective and sustainable manner", Osterberg said.

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

The move prompted considerable reaction-including on Twitter.

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He ran for Florida state representative in 2014 as a Republican and lost in a primary election by fewer than 175 votes. On his website , Shannon said he began practising law in 1975, and had focused on "personal injury and death" cases.

"I want every tweet to be archived". After this time, the Library will continue to acquire tweets but will do so on a very selective basis under the overall guidance provided in the Library's Collections Policy Statements and associated documents (loc.gov/acq/devpol/).

The news sparked a reaction on Twitter itself, with some people speculating that the quality or content of tweets over time played a role.

The library "now needs to decide which of all our tweets are a valuable record of events in public life", tweeted the consumer activist group Public Knowledge.

Seven years after the library agreed in 2010 with Twitter that it would collect all public tweets for its archives (and also acquire an archive dating back to 2006), it has reached a decision to change course a little bit.

"Trump has managed to lower the value of Twitter", one user wrote.

One reason that the Library is stopping the comprehensive archive?

Deciding what pieces of the internet to archive has been an ongoing project and debate for the Library of Congress.

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