Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Twitter - The Stool Pigeon

If you were thinking that tweet you just sent would soon disappear into the ether, you couldn't be more wrong. 

It will soon be stored alongside Thomas Jefferson's draft of the American Declaration of Independence and a Gutenberg Bible.

That's because every public tweet sent since Twitter was launched five-and-a-half years ago is to be be archived by America's national library.

The Library of Congress announced the deal with Twitter last year, but yesterday its digital initiatives manager shone more light on the project. (more)

I understand the anthropological argument. Perhaps, several centuries from now someone will find value in researching old tweets. I suspect they will view tweets as we view graffiti on the walls of Pompeii. But, given the current economic conditions should we really be spending our tax dollars on archiving moronic celebrity tweets? /Rant