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Tweets, emails and other electronic communications can be considered "government documents" and must be preserved. The National Archives handles official government materials, while the Library of Congress' mandate is to deal with anything that may have long-term historical interest.

"We're basically in the same situation as the National Archives, only on a much larger scale," said Bill Lefurgy, digital initiatives program manager at the Library of Congress national digital information infrastructure and preservation program. "We tend to have a much larger perspective in terms of what we collect." He joined the Federal Drive with Tom Temin and Amy Morris Tuesday morning to talk about the library's digital mission.

But how much digital information are we talking about? How about all of the tweets from Twitter's archives?

"We have an agreement with Twitter where they have a bunch of servers with their historic archive of tweets, everything that was sent out and declared to be public," Lefurgy said. The archives don't contain tweets that users have protected, but everything else — billions and billions of tweets — are there."

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Fun...
 
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Why?
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post #4 of 19
Oh yeah there goes another make work program, what do you think this one is gonna cost...it's already on archive it's called the internet.
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Great waste of government money/drive space. Of all the info the potentially have and could have, they have tweets, the most useless info ever.
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post #6 of 19
The internet is only as good as it's back-up tongue.gif.

I really wish I was a sociologist, this twitter archive is a treasure trove of information. Any archives for that matter. I imagine that in about 25-50 years, the major tech companies may need to send periodic back-ups of any archived data for whatever purpose



(mostly terrorists, because you know, if your not white (HAHAHAHA ) your a terrorist) <----that was sarcasm just in case anyone missed it.
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post #7 of 19
and this is why mine is now private even though once I made it public, I got a ton more followers -_-
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post #8 of 19
So much info for products yet to be made
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i bet they plug this archive into a government HPC supercomputer dun Dun DUNNN...
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SKYNET!
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