22 May

If most of you are unaware of exactly what the US National Archives  and the Library of Congress are,  Its our safe house for Historical Treasure’s,  of how our Country has grown, the technology, the internet, and twitters.  The Library of Congress began Collection all twitters back in 2010.  By the way this should be an oh shit moment for some people, because what you say is recorded in history, and this one you just can’t erase nor change the name on the accounts fast enough.  Are you trolls really that ignorant, to think that Twitter doesn’t keep track of who is who?  Are you serious.. They keep backups in case the Twitter servers go down,  how often would they back up their servers.. might well be several times a day.  And I keep telling you people the delete button is only a temp fix,  what ever you delete remains on the top of the hard drives, and are you not smart enough to know that all servers consist of multi large hard drives?  DUH!!  So, keep up creating your crazy attack sites.. and then changing the names..  But while your doing this and thinking just how cleaver you are.. There is always a record saved somewhere, and it will come back and bite you in the butt.  Twitter is becoming wiser to the issues at hand.. And when a complaint is filed,  they want you to swear to what is occurring.. Twitter is making sure they have documentation for court actions.. DUH..  Do you sense the presence of FBI?  Never know..  They could be posting right along with you, throwing out comments you wouldn’t believe and collecting your post at the same time..  After all, everything you post on twitter goes into the Library of Congress..  Think about that @ Executionerreal.. and the child you are exploiting as your profile image, and the vulgarity you throw at other posters,  stored away for historical purposes..  can’t deny that you did do that, and in all honesty.. treasure chest for FBI to go through.. And all they will have to do is put in a search for a specific name..    Anyone want a tour?  Welcome to the Library of Congress :

Library of Congress Will Save Tweets

Published: April 14, 2010

But the Library of Congress, the 210-year-old guardian of knowledge and cultural history, thinks so.

The library will archive the collected works of Twitter, the blogging service, whose users currently send a daily flood of 55 million messages, all that contain 140 or fewer characters.

Library officials explained the agreement as another step in the library’s embrace of digital media. Twitter, the Silicon Valley start-up, declared it “very exciting that tweets are becoming part of history.”

Academic researchers seem pleased as well. For hundreds of years, they say, the historical record has tended to be somewhat elitist because of its selectivity. In books, magazines and newspapers, they say, it is the prominent and the infamous who are written about most frequently.

But although celebrities like Mr. Kutcher may have the most followers on Twitter, they make up a tiny portion of its millions of users.

“This is an entirely new addition to the historical record, the second-by-second history of ordinary people,” said Fred R. Shapiro, associate librarian and lecturer at the Yale Law School.

The library reached out to the company a few months ago about adding Twitter’s content to the national archives, said Matt Raymond, the library’s director of communications. He cited Twitter’s “immense impact on culture and history,” like its use as a vital communications tool by political dissidents in Iran and Barack Obama’s turning to Twitter to declare victory in the 2008 election.

The Twitter archive will join the ambitious “Web capture” project at the library, begun a decade ago. That effort has assembled Web pages, online news articles and documents, typically concerning significant events like presidential elections and the terrorist attacks of 9/11, Mr. Raymond said.

The Web capture project already has stored 167 terabytes of digital material, far more than the equivalent of the text of the 21 million books in the library’s collection.

Some online commentators raised the question of whether the library’s Twitter archive could threaten the privacy of users. Mr. Raymond said that the archive would be available only for scholarly and research purposes. Besides, he added, the vast majority of Twitter messages that would be archived are publicly published on the Web.

“It’s not as if we’re after anything that’s not out there already,” Mr. Raymond said. “People who sign up for Twitter agree to the terms of service.”

Knowing that the Library of Congress will be preserving Twitter messages for posterity could subtly alter the habits of some users, said Paul Saffo, a visiting scholar at Stanford who specializes in technology’s effect on society.

“After all,” Mr. Saffo said, “your indiscretions will be able to be seen by generations and generations of graduate students.”

People thinking before they post on Twitter: now that would be historic indeed.

A version of this article appeared in print on April 15, 2010, on page B2 of the New York edition.
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