Remember that Tweet you wrote about Tiger Woods that seemed hilarious at the time? Or that night you shared your thoughts on your cousin Bob’s lack of personal hygiene? Good news — all of the world’s most trivial 140-character-or-less Tweets will soon be housed forever in the Library of Congress.
The Library of Congress now has its bookish little hands on every public Tweet ever Tweeted in the 4-year history of Twitterdom.
Wrote the LOC on their Facebook page:
Expect to see an emphasis on the scholarly and research implications of the acquisition. I’m no Ph.D., but it boggles my mind to think what we might be able to learn about ourselves and the world around us from this wealth of data.
In a related announcement, Google announced that that they plan to make the entire Twitter archive searchable, and will include a function that will allow you to “zoom to any point in time and ‘replay’ what people were saying publicly about a topic on Twitter.”