Even though tweets, as messages on Twitter are called, can only be 140 characters long, the amount of information to archive is significant. There are 50 million tweets per day and the total number of tweets already number well into the billions.
The Library of Congress plans to focus on the "scholarly and research implications of the acquisition." Certainly the daily thoughts of millions of people worldwide would make an excellent source of sociological information.
Recognizing that the inane tweets will certainly outnumber the significant ones, the Library of Congress plans to highlight the culturally and historically important tweets, such as the first-ever tweet sent by Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey, President Obama's tweet announcing his win in the 2008 election and a set of tweets that helped a photojournalist get released from prison in Egypt.
The Library made the announcement on Twitter and Facebook. Now, historians will be able to pinpoint the exact second when Western society succumbed to a sustained assault of abbreviated Kate Gosselin, Twilight, and Justin Bieber commentary.
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