Twitter teams up with US Library of Congress to preserve tweets, Google to follow suit
Twitter is donating its archives of tweets to the Library of Congress, going back to the first one posted by co-founder Jack Dorsey on March 21, 2006, reports The Associated Press via GMANews.TV.
Twitter and the Library of Congress announced their partnership last April 14, 2010. The Library of Congress aims to store tweets so that researchers are given a better way to revisit discussions of the world's significant events. Only tweets meant for public viewing will be available. Those with restricted privacy settings won't be included.
However, Twitter disclosed that the Library of Congress won't be able to offer access to specific tweets until six months after they're posted. This means that the Library of Congress tweet archive "will always been missing billions of tweets, based on the 55 million daily tweets that Twitter says it's now processing."
Not to be outdone, Google announced that same day that it was set to unveil a tool to help people keep track of their tweeting history. For now, though, only tweets going back to February 11 of this year will be available–but Google eventually hopes to gain access to all the messages dating back to Twitter's birth.
So, be careful what you tweet about.