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The Library of Congress has made a decision to stop collecting all your tweets

The Library of Congress has made a decision to stop collecting all your tweets”

Going forward, though, the Library of Congress says it will only archive tweets on a "selective basis".

The Library of Congress announced on Tuesday that it will no longer archive every tweet posted publicly on Twitter.

Library officials said the decision was made due to increased posts on Twitter and the social media platform's decision to increase the length of tweets. In addition to collecting and archiving those public tweets since 2010, Twitter itself gifted the Library of Congress with its own archive of public tweets dated from 2006 to 2010.

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The LOC first announced its plans to create a single searchable archive of every public tweet more than seven years ago, but the project has stalled for a few years. 1, 2018, the Library will only acquire tweets "on a very selective basis", a white paper published this month makes clear. For instance, the Library of Congress only records the text in every tweet; images, videos, GIFs, and links are all left out. "The Library now has a secure collection of tweet text, documenting the first 12 years (2006-2017) of this dynamic communications channel - its emergence, its applications and its evolution". If you're interested, you can read a Library of Congress white paper that goes into further details about the Twitter archival revision.

The report did not include the criteria for how it will select tweets to archive, but it said that in general "the tweets collected and archived will be thematic and event-based, including events such as elections, or themes of ongoing national interest, e.g. public policy".

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.



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