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PostPosted: 15 Apr 2010, 09:16 
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Wed Apr 14, 8:53 pm ET

SAN FRANCISCO – That Twitter message you just posted about your ham sandwich might now become part of history.

Twitter is donating its archives of tweets to the Library of Congress, going back to the first one posted by co-founder Jack Dorsey on March 21, 2006. It wasn't a profound moment, and Dorsey didn't come close to Twitter's 140-character limit for messages. He simply posted "Jack," according to the Library of Congress' archives.

Twitter and the Library of Congress announced their partnership Wednesday.

The Library of Congress wants to store tweets to give researchers a better way to revisit discussions of significant events, including the tweets that occurred after President Obama's election in 2008, during the protests in Iran last year and the earthquakes in Haiti and elsewhere this year.

PostPosted: 15 Apr 2010, 18:29 
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Intrigued, but it feels a bit weird.

As an anthropolgist, this could be awesome; I live with a digital librarian who might have equally chirpy things to say about the matter. :compress:

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PostPosted: 15 Apr 2010, 18:36 
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I heard about this today.

I think it's awesome. It'd be like reading a multiauthor diary. And it'd show future generations we were just as stupid and inane as they are.

thanks for posting.

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