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TWITTER NATION IS WATCHING YOU!
Posted 4/19/2010 9:22:27 PM by Who's Crazy?
So...you like to twitter about your sex life, your thug life or maybe about your government conspiracies. Well you better watch out, you better not cry, you better not pout, im telling you why...and its not Satna Clause watching its the Library of Congress in other words the United States Government! Check out this report from
that it is to allow the largest library in the world, the
Library of Congress
in Washington D.C., to maintain an archive of every tweet ever posted.
Six months after they are posted, tweets will made available to the library for non-commercial research, display and preservation.
It’s great to hear that Twitter now has an official archive, maintained by a third party. Never before has there been such a vast silo of people’s thoughts and opinions from around the world, tied to a particular time (and more recently place) as there is in the complete Twitter timeline. It’s historically significant and well worth preserving. However, is the Library of Congress the best institution to look after it?
As a federal institution, the Library of Congress is owned by the United States of America. As such, the official Twitter archive will belong to the USA. While this makes sense; Twitter is an American company after all, the Twitter timeline itself, I’d argue, is actually the property of the whole world.
People throughout the world have poured their hearts and souls into Twitter over the past four years. It’s one thing for all those tweets to belong to Twitter, the company responsible for the service, but for them to be handed over in bulk to, essentially, the US government will surely jar with many people’s feelings about what’s right.
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