Library Of Congress Announces It Will Be Selective In Which Tweets It Archives

by Peter Kurilecz
Since 2010, the Library of Congress has been collecting every single tweet
published on Twitter. The idea was to create a comprehensive public archive
of the social media platform for researchers to comb through and to study.
But that was all easier said than done. More than half a billion tweets are
sent every day, a staggering amount of information to catalog even for one
of the world's biggest libraries. And yesterday the library announced that
it would scale back its Twitter collection considerably and will now
archive tweets on a very selective basis.

Professor Michael Zimmer of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee has
written about the challenges of storing this never-ending stream of social
media data, and he joins us now. Welcome to the program.


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