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Library of Congress will no longer archive all public tweets, citing longer character limits

Library of Congress will no longer archive all public tweets, citing longer character limits
From TechCrunch - December 26, 2017

The Library of Congress announced today that it will no longer add every public tweet to its archives, an ambitious project it launched seven years ago. It cited the much larger volume of tweets generated now, as well as Twitters decision to double the character limit from 140 to 280. Instead, starting on Jan. 1, the Library will be more selective about what tweets to preserve, a decision it explained in a whitepaper.

Generally, the tweets collected and archived will be thematic and event-based, including events such as elections, and themes of ongoing national interest, e.g. public policy, the Library wrote. (In other words, all of President Donald Trumps tweets will most likely be preserved, but probably not your breakfast pics).

In 2010, the Library began saving all public tweets for the same reason it collects other materialsto acquire and preserve a record of knowledge and creativity for Congress and the American people, its announcement said. This included the backlog of all public tweets since Twitter launched in 2006, which the company donated.

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