Thursday, April 15, 2010


Yesterday, the Library of Congress ("the 210-year-old guardian of knowledge and cultural history" according to the New York Times) announced that it will archive the collected works of the Twitter micro-blogging service. Apparently, the library approached Twitter's founders a few months ago asking to add Twitter’s content to the national archives because of Twitter’s “immense impact on culture and history,” for its use as a vital communications tool by political dissidents in Iran and Obama's turning to Twitter to declare victory in the 2008 election.

Here is the full New York Times article- it discusses the implications of this and how academics are praising the decision.

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