170 Billion Tweets Collected by Library of Congress Since 2010By Mischelle Esguerra on Jan 5, 2013 in Internet, Technology, United States, World •
The Library of Congress collected about 170 billion tweets since it started archiving all Twitter messages in 2010, with two compressed copies of the data of about 133.2 terabytes, according to Fast Company reports, January 5, 2012.
“It’s a few cabinets of tape. It’s not a roomful or roomfuls. And that’s just a testament of the storage capacity of tape”, Robert Dizard, Library of Congress’ deputy library mentioned in a statement.
According to reports, since the library signed an agreement with Twitter in 2010 giving access to historical tweets, Library Congress’ staffs have been working to establish a sustainable process for acquiring and storing tweets.
With the large volume of tweets they archive everyday, librarians have been developing a system to preserve and organize the collection, according to reports.
Our mission is to collect, preserve, and provide access to creative and historical record of America. We’re looking at Twitter from a research and scholarship perspective as providing a reflection of everyday life as well as showing the development and impact of significant events. You also have the record and recordings of individuals. Which are also valuable”, Robert Dizard added.
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