Library of Congress Won’t Archive Every Tweet

Current archive not publicly available

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The Library of Congress announced Tuesday that it will no longer archive every single public Tweet that passes through the Twittersphere.

In 2010, the Library of Congress signed an agreement with Twitter which allowed the library to begin meticulously archiving all public tweets, including opinion threads, celebrity musings, and college student status updates.

The company gifted the library a backlog of tweets spanning from Twitter’s inception in 2006. Starting Jan. 1, the library said it will only archive tweets on a “selective basis.”

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