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Library Of Congress A Generation Twitter Time Capsule of Public Tweets

Updated on June 23, 2013
Main Library of Congress Building at the start of the twentieth century
Main Library of Congress Building at the start of the twentieth century

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Issues of Privacy and Individual Rights

The concept of archiving billions upon billions of public tweets that will be stored in the Federal Library of Congress boggles the mind.

A number of concerns and thoughts you may want to consider surrounding the issue of permanent storage of tweets.

  1. What you say on Twitter will become permanent.
  2. Any tweet can be retrieved as a record of your interactions and thoughts.
  3. Legally, how can these tweets be used to track what trends in the global market and to evaluate statistical dynamics of the power of people and their voice?
  4. The federal government can data mine through the power of massive computer technology the course of future. Can they direct our thoughts via propaganda?
  5. What are privacy issues for each person?
  6. The possibilities are unlimited concerning what research areas can utilize this information for financial gain, for future construction and design of cities, for social scientists to view the mood of the people, for anthropologists to study cultures, etc. Literally experts in every field will find a use for this information.
  7. Will federal granting agencies find ways to use your public tweets? Did you give permission for them to use this information in this way?
  8. I predict the federal courts, and perhaps at some time in the future the supreme court, may get involved in this data and who can have access, what countries and governments can obtain this information, and whether people can retrieve information on individuals, groups, companies and organizations.
  9. Remember that Twitter profiles are produced by business and industry, as well as individuals, non-profits and media organizations.
  10. Who will have access to track the responses of individuals, groups of people, states, and nations to the media tweets from mass media and alternative media sources? How can this information be used to develop programs and future messages when they find out what types of messages receive the most activity?
  11. Will profile avatars and biographies be included in the archive?


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♥.•**· We could see if we still wanted to grow up to be the ballerina or the mailman. We could access our relationships, whether we retained the same friendships or living in the same house and location, or whether we had gained or lost family members.

♥.•**· Time capsules have been sent into space. Time capsules retain and store information and iconic items from a period in time. Time capsules can provide information about cultures and eras to cache to study and research for archaeologists, anthropologists, and historians.

Have you ever made a time capsule?

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Unanswered questions abound about the storage and retrieval of the vast array of personal conversations, interactions, responses and announcements, connections to weblinks and millions of webpages and blogs.

Sometimes I don't have to wonder that Big Brother is watching us.

Be careful what you say.

As a note: any protected or private tweets will not be part of this project

  • What about DM or Direct Messages? Are these considered private? It appears thatDM messages live in limbo land where they are considered neither private nor public.

  • News Report | Records Management News | Library of Congress to receive entire Twitter Archive
  • Visit the Library of Congress in Washington, DC, the nation's capital city. This branch of the US Congress stores one of the world's largest number of book and printed materials in 470 languages. With the inclusion of Tweets and social media this number will increase exponentially. The library houses the largest collection of legal matter, aeronautical literature and rare books of North America.

Knowledge Is Power

With the archival documentation of all tweets into the arm of Congress I have decided to:

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Marshal McLuhan The Medium Is The Message


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Hey! We are all a part of history. Our voices together DO make a difference in the direction humanity takes on the whole.

If you hashtag #environment #peace #love #compassion then our cumulative tweets will be a strong statement to those listening, influential, and part of the data mining statistics.

If congress and government officials can read the voice of the people, our desires, needs and wants will they draft appropriate bills and pass legislation that fits our needs and means the government IS responding to the voice of the people? I can only pray. We can only hope.

  • Quote | "The library's Twitter partnership comes amid a renewed push by the administration and the National Archives and Records Administration for federal agencies to better archive their own social media postings and emails as potential government records."
  • Documenting Public Records | Go To FederalNewsRadio dot com ?nid=247&sid=2658996 | Title : Library of Congress to receive entire Twitter archive. Government spending on archiving communications such as, emails, chats, tweets, becomes a requirement to document and record conversations and messages amongst public servants. Since we do not have hard copies of letters in this day and age, the digital communications enable restoration of clandestine or overt interactions that lead to major and minor decisions in government.

Social Media is no longer a by-line or a side-line or can be easily dismissed. Social media has been integrated into every avenue of life. People connect via their cellphone, computer, and tablets. We network constantly 24 hours a day. It's as if Social Networking has become the BRAIN and the HEADQUARTERS of humanity across the world. We have a human universal consciousness that we express through these communications. In a way, our thoughts have become externalized in the world as audio and visual messages.

The national archives has 10 billion pages of digital textual records.

The world has inexorably changed forever.

You are not invisible anymore.

You are meaningful.

You are the message.

Marshall McLuhan was right, "The media is the message."


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Learn The Benefits Of Retweets

I wonder how the data miners will tabulate the "Retweets" that cross the twitterverse constantly by the same individual, friends, partner and others?

This Hubpages tells the hubpages community and the internet world that the US Library of Congress will archive billions of Twitter Tweets for data mining, storing and recording global messages, conversations and interactions of this micro-blogging social media. How will you respond? Will this change your blogging habits?

About the Author

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      Debby Bruck 5 years ago

      Basically, if you make any tweets on Twitter, they are permanently archived and can be retrieved by government officials for any purpose, either positive or negative. Perhaps to track the activity of select targeted people, for historical purposes, or in present time to track trends that regions find are popular. There are so many ways that this information can be used. That's about it, Rainlong.

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      rainlong chen 5 years ago from hefei university of technology

      i can not get the point.

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      Debby Bruck 6 years ago

      Thanks Frank! Try another of my hubs that you can appreciate even more.

    • Frank Atanacio profile image

      Frank Atanacio 6 years ago from Shelton

      very very good hub.. I don't tweet... just the stuff I write.. but i love the way you broke everything down and then tossed in the survey Debby-- top notch HUB

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      Debby Bruck 6 years ago

      Hello Prasetio ~ very nice of you to chime in here. Let me know what you do with your Twitter. Debby

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      prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia

      I learn something new here. Everyone need social media like twitter including Federal Library of Congress, like you mentioned above. I learn many things from this hub. Rated up!


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      yui lockhart 6 years ago from Philippines

      Thank you debby! :)

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      Debby Bruck 6 years ago

      Yui ~ Many thanks for your revisit and vote. Let's encourage responsible activities on social networks. Peaceful protests to improve our world. Blessings, Debby

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      yui lockhart 6 years ago from Philippines

      I am pleased to meet you too. People don't have to eliminate the usage of twitter. If every person in the society today is responsible about their posts, I think they don't have to worry about anything right? Great hub btw! :)

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      Debby Bruck 6 years ago

      Hello Yui ~ I am pleased to meet you. I noticed that one vote has occurred indicating someone will be leaving Twitter. That was not my intent on writing this hub, but I can see that it may sway some people to remove him or her self. In fact, I am an avid Twitterer. For some reason I am fearless even with my political views. I try to be honest, kind, giving and helpful. I also encourage others to find resolutions to conflict in our lives.

      Blessings, Debby

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      Debby Bruck 6 years ago

      Welcome to Hubpages Baby-Strollers.

      Hello Alocsin ~ FaceBook would have to partner with Congress to undertake a similar venture. Could be possible since they are willing to sell all of your personal information.

      Thanks for stopping by here.

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      yui lockhart 6 years ago from Philippines

      In my own opinion, people must be socially responsible, regarding their posts online. It can be stored permanently, and you can't change it. Thanks for posting this hub! Now I am quite alert about posting something on the internet.

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      alocsin 6 years ago from Orange County, CA

      How long before the Library of Congress archives Facebook? This will be a goldmine for future archaeologists. Voting this Up and Interesting.

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      Debby Bruck 6 years ago

      Hello Paradigm ~ You are a dear to repost to the forums. I shall have to 'Search' for the location. I thought this was important news. Blessings, Debby

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      baby-strollers 6 years ago

      Cool page for sure, I actually learned something!

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      Person of Interest 6 years ago from SoCal, USA

      I'm posting a link to this article in the forums.