Doug Gross writes on CNN:
Every 140-character snippet of info you’ve ever shared publicly on Twitter will soon have a home next to the Declaration of Independence.
Twitter and the Library of Congress announced Wednesday that every public tweet posted since Twitter started in 2006 will be archived digitally by the federal library.
The purpose, according to a blog post by Library of Congress communications director Matt Raymond, is to document “important tweets” as well as gather information about the way we live through the sheer masses of tweets on the site.
“I’m no Ph.D., but it boggles my mind to think what we might be able to learn about ourselves and the world around us from this wealth of data,” Raymond said in the post. And I’m certain we’ll learn things that none of us now can even possibly conceive.”
Twitter says it receives about 55 million tweets every day — amounting to billions of them since its inception.
Only tweets from public Twitter feeds will be included, not those that have been set as private…
[continues at CNN]