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The US Library of Congress and Twitter have reached an agreement to archive each and every public Twitter post in the library’s repository of historical documents.

This includes the consequential and the decidedly mundane, all billions and billions worth.

So if you Tweet, up the quality of your deep thoughts. Your 140 character musings now have a place alongside Abraham Lincoln’s civil war papers, historic American newspapers since 1690 and slave narratives from the Federal Writers’ Project.

In the podcast above, Bill Lefurgy, the digital initiatives program manager at the Library, discusses the how and why of it all, and what future historians might do with the two hundred plus million digital missives we post each day.  

The podcast runs seven minutes and comes from Federal News Radio.

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    This seems unnecessary since a huge portion of what’s posted on Twitter is barely coherent and/or offensive. Can’t we...
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    I’ll start choosing my words. More carefully now. Will they keep tweets that you later delete?
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