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Library of Congress to End Wide-Ranging Twitter Archiving

But the Library gave several reasons, including the "explosion in use", changes to terms and services, and modifications in functionality for why the agreement with Twitter was being altered. Due to this, the Library said that its initial Twitter collection "will consist of a twelve-year snapshot of the beginning of one of social media's most important and transformative communication tools". It does not receive images, videos or linked content. Tweets now are often more visual than textual, limiting the value of text-only collecting. Effective Jan. 1, 2018, the Library will acquire tweets on a selective basis-similar to our collections of web sites.

The Library of Congress is ending its practice of archiving every single public Twitter post after accumulating billions of tweets covering the platform's first dozen years of existence. After this time, the Library will continue to acquire tweets but will do so on a very selective basis under the overall guidance provided in the Library's Collections Policy Statements and associated documents (loc.gov/acq/devpol/).

The LOC did not offer specific details regarding the selection of the tweets for the archive moving forward.

The library is now only interested in tweets with "event-based" merit or tweets related to "themes of ongoing national interest".

The Library of Congress will continue to archive certain tweets after January 1, but will focus on posts that are "thematic and event-based", including tweets concerning political elections, public policy matters or other issues of nation interest, it said in a statement. (In other words, all of President Donald Trump's tweets will most likely be preserved, but probably not your breakfast pics).

It also wrote: "Throughout its history, the Library has seized opportunities to collect snapshots of unique moments in human history and preserve them for future generations".

The Library further mentioned in its white paper that it will focus its efforts on preserving the Twitter collection for 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".

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