U.S. Library of Congress posted on its Twitter that it will be acquiring Twitter's entire archives through March 2006.
The Library does an extensive amount of research with data format standards and it's possible that they could discover patterns of social interaction. Although no one knows what data will be included!
LOC blogger Matt Raymond gave some deets on the announcement:
Expect to see an emphasis on the scholarly and research implications of the acquisition. I'm no Ph.D., but it boggles my mind to think what we might be able to learn about ourselves and the world around us from this wealth of data. And I'm certain we'll learn things that none of us now can even possibly conceive.
There are 105 million users on Twitter and we're not sure how they feel about their Tweets being archived! Yikes!
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