Who says that Washington can't follow a budget? The Library of Congress announced Tuesday that it will no longer archive every single public Tweet that passes through the Twittersphere. In 2010, the Library of Congress signed an agreement with Twitter which allowed the library to begin meticulously archiving all public tweets, including opinion threads, celebrity musings, and college student status updates. The company gifted the library a backlog of tweets spanning from Twitter's inception in 2006. Starting Jan. 1, the library said it will only archive tweets on a "selective basis."
The library said in a statement it felt compelled to tap into the social conversation for the "same reason it collects other materials – to acquire and preserve a record of knowledge and creativity for Congress and the American people."
The library said it decided to halt the massive Twitter archive, in part, due to Twitter's changing landscape. The library only archives text from Tweets, but tweets are now increasingly photo and GIF-based.
"Tweets now are often more visual than textual, limiting the value of text-only collecting," the library said in the statement.
"Generally, the tweets collected and archived will be thematic and event-based, including events such as elections, or themes of ongoing national interest, e.g. public policy," the library said in a statement.
Great move by the LOC, but we're still asking, what nitwit bureaucrat thought collecting all these tweets was a good idea in the first place?