Burritos for Posterity April 15, 2010Posted by dataduchess in InformationIssues, Uncategorized.
Tags: burritos, digital archives, Library of Congress, LOC, posterity, twitter
That headline would make a good band name or maybe a charitable organization. It’s only tangentially related to this post, but too fun to change. Onward.
Here’s some scary news: The Library of Congress is archiving ALL public Tweets. Yikes!
I’d advise Tweeters to heed the warning of the article linked above:
So if you don’t want history to remember that burrito you had for dinner last night (and its aftermath), tweet carefully—now it’s for posterity.
UPDATE: Here is the Twitter Blog post about the LOC archiving project. Not too much more detail (nor answers to any of the questions in the comments) but there is an additional announcement of another new Twitter feature. “Google Replay” will allow users to search for old tweets on topics from the past and view them as if being tweeted in real time. They include charts showing the volume of tweets on a topic at any time… reminiscent of a conversation we have had in the past about viewing peaks in internet searches or newspaper website visits in the aftermath of major events.