Twitter Donates Entire Archive of Public Tweets to Library of Congress

So, what does Twitter think of Google Replay? Over on the Twitter Blog, Biz Stone, co-founder of Twitter, says, “The future seems bright for innovation on the Twitter platform and so it seems, does the past!”

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First, Stone announced that Twitter was donating access to the entire archive of public Tweets to the Library of Congress for preservation and research.

He said, “Since Twitter began, billions of tweets have been created. Today, fifty-five million tweets a day are sent to Twitter and that number is climbing sharply. A tiny percentage of accounts are protected but most of these tweets are created with the intent that they will be publicly available. Over the years, tweets have become part of significant global events around the world–from historic elections to devastating disasters.”

He added, “It’s very exciting that tweets are becoming part of history. It should be noted that there are some specifics regarding this arrangement. Only after a six-month delay can the Tweets will be used for internal library use, for non-commercial research, public display by the library itself, and preservation.”

Next, Stone said, “Today we are also excited to share the news that Google has created a wonderful new way to revisit tweets related to historic events. They call it Google Replay because it lets you relive a real time search from specific moments in time.”

He added, “Google Replay currently only goes back a few months but eventually it will reach back to the very first Tweets every created.”

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