Why collect tweets?

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The Library of Congress is archiving Twitter posts and has gathered over 170 billion tweets. Now, the Library is working on a plan to make those tweets available online.

The Library of Congress entered into an agreement with Twitter to get access to all public tweets.

“Twitter is a new kind of collection for the Library of Congress but an important one to its mission,” Gayle Osterberg, the library’s director of communications, wrote in a blog post. “As society turns to social media as a primary method of communication and creative expression, social media is supplementing, and in some cases supplanting, letters, journals, serial publications and other sources routinely collected by research libraries.”

Media blogger at Media Post Cathy Taylor weighs in with KFWB’s Maggie McKay and Michael Shappee:

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