After an agreement made between the Library of Congress and Twitter, the library’s focus was to preserve the tweets from the 2006-2010 seasons.
- To establish a secure
- Sustainable process for receiving and preserving a daily
- Ongoing stream of tweets through the present day
- Create a structure for organizing the entire archive by date
Now starting from 2018, The Library has decided to change some specifics to its mission.
- Continue to acquire tweets…but will do so on a very selective basis under the overall
- The tweets collected and archived will be thematic and event-based
- Including events such as elections, or themes of ongoing national interest
- Engage with Twitter to resolve issues associated with managing
- Transactions that generate deletions of tweets, and user access issues
The Library of Congress stated that it will “focus its focus its efforts on preserving the Twitter collection for future generations. Throughout its history, the Library has seized opportunities to collect snapshots of unique moments in human history and preserve them for future generations.
The snapshots of ‘particular moments in history’ is to empower history’s ‘silent masses’, the Library said. “Without the efforts of past generations, the nation might not have a collection of oral histories in the hours after the attack on Pearl Harbor or film footage depicting San Francisco before and after the great quake of 1906.”
The Library also is sure that the Twitter Archive will prove to be “one of this generation’s most significant legacies to future generations. Future generations will learn much about this rich period in our history, the information flows, and social and
political forces that help define the current generation.”
Today, Twitter is one of the most used form of societal communication applications, the world over.
In the summer of 2017, Twitter garnered:
- Every Month: 328 million Users
- Every Day: 500 million Tweets
- Every Day: 100 million Active Users
- US Users: 67 million
- Total Tweets per Day: 500 M
- Total Tweets per Year: 200 B
LOC Twitter Original Gift Agreement