Library of Congress to store Twitter postings
Melanie Eversley, USA TODAY
December 6, 2011 ET
If you think your tweets go off into never-never land after you fire them off via Twitter, think again.
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, FederalNewsRadio.com 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The tweets will be held by the library's repository of historical documents, the news agency reports.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 FederalNewsRadio.com.
The archive contains "billions and billions of tweets" and is "a unique record of our time," he said.
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