The Library of Congress, for its part, released a statement which essentially explained it like this: We already have more than a decade's worth of tweets, social media has changed a lot since then, and we don't think we need a complete record going forward.
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.
1, the Library of Congress will change its policy from collecting every tweet to saving ones on a select and more scrutinizing basis.
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In 2010, when Twitter was not as omnipresent as it is now, the Library of Congress and Twitter agreed to create an archive of all publicly available tweets to capture "the emergence of online social media".
The Library will work with Twitter to acquire tweets on a selective basis.
Twitter referred to a blog post published by the Library of Congress about their partnership when reached for comment. Even back then, creating this archive was an huge task, and as Twitter has grown and changed, it became more and more unfeasible.
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Twitter has gone from processing about 5,000 tweets a day in 2007, to more than 50 million tweets daily when it partnered with the Library of Congress in 2010.
In the years since, the social media landscape has changed significantly, with new platforms, an explosion in use, terms of service and functionality shifting frequently and lessons learned about privacy and other concerns...
Twitter has come a long way since one of its founders, Jack Dorsey, posted the first tweet on March 21, 2006.
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The Library's halt on collection of all tweets puts Twitter more in line with the way that other digital collections are archived, including websites. "The Library will also engage with Twitter to resolve issues associated with managing transactions that generate deletions of tweets, and user access issues". "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".