LOC will Stop Archiving Every Single Tweet

LOC will stop archiving every single Tweet

The Library of Congress announced a few changes to its long-running plan to archive every single tweet. It would stop archiving tweets from December 31, 2017 onwards, and would instead choose certain tweets to archive on a very selective basis, as stated by Gizmodo reports.

The LOC first announced its plans to create a single searchable archive of every public tweet over seven years ago, however, the project has stalled for a few years. In 2013, the organization published a white paper attributing the delay to budget issues and a lack of software. Twitter also has a policy that prohibits substantial proportions of its website from being made downloadable.

The Atlantic reported that no engineers had been assigned to the project, whereas at the same time the number of tweets posted daily grew from 55 million in 2010 to 500 million in 2012.

The white paper released in December 2017, reveals LOC’s decision to narrow the project’s scope to the fact that the nature of Twitter has changed over time. As Gizmodo points out, the LOC also had only been collecting text, which renders a large number of tweets with photo and video, essentially worthless to the archive.

It is unclear as to when the access issue would be resolved, until then the current archive will remain unavailable.

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