Public Twitter Messages to be Archived in the Library of Congress?

By Jim Roberts | Ideas

Twitter. I wonder if there is any single user of the Internet who has not even heard about Twitter. Well,  Twitter is the number one and most popular (need I say that?!) service for micro blogging.

Not only celebrity die-hard fans are tuned in to Twitter for updates on their idols, but even activists of social media. Twitter is simple and easy to use for their minute blogging needs.

Similar to an SMS message, Twitter only allows a maximum of 140 characters to be typed and sent in its rich messaging interface. And just in case you have not seen any sent public messages on Twitter yet, you can catch and see them on the Library of Congress.

All messages ever sent using Twitter shall be archived and put on record since it started operation on March of 2006. And guess what, this happening is even announced on Twitter itself(@librarycongress) and in an official blog post. Goes without saying the Library of Congress is also a Twitter fanatic and avid user.

Twitter has yet to announce this on their own through the site’s official blog. But surely it is expected to be announced on Chirp, Twitter’s developer conference.

The Library of Congress is the biggest library in the world which houses massive collection of printed information and reading materials. And not to be left out in terms of modernization, it also has a huge compilation of digital records. The library has done widespread work and effort towards a high standard of data formats. Using semantic Web and all other platforms to analyze outside resources, the library has gathered a lot of important data.

The library has started with this web collection of files back in 2000 when it collected web resources for presidential and congressional campaign. As of today, the library has 167 terabytes and more of the web-collected data and knowledge. The library’s digital collection also includes blogs for legal issues, websites for national office hopefuls, and websites of those who are already holding office in the Congress.

The Library of Congress has already been accomplishing an unsurpassed archiving task for both hard and soft copy of materials. Not only can it cater service for the bookworms but also for the techie geeks and the normal people in between!

Such a big leap from recording history to social interface, why not, internet is also part of history!

About the Author

Holding a dual degree in both Management and IT with 13 years of business experience, I am Jim F. Roberts from California, USA. Needless to say, I am a techy guy and I love exploring, checking out the latest gadgets and sharing my thoughts on a lot of things.