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U.S. Library of Congress to Archive all Tweets

     
8:17 am on Jan 5, 2013 (gmt 0)

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Library of Congress digs in to full archive of 170 billion tweets

It took four years to hit 21 billion tweets. Now Twitter users generate nearly half a billion a day, and the Library of Congress will be archiving and indexing all of them.

[news.cnet.com...]
4:32 pm on Jan 5, 2013 (gmt 0)

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Why?
12:00 am on Jan 6, 2013 (gmt 0)

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So in the distant future ethnographers can use the data to trace things like the wide use of the hashtag #teamfollowback [twitter.com] and get a good picture of early 21st century social networking.
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I think future generations are more likely to think "Didn't these people have anything better to do!?"

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Didn't these people have anything better to do!

Yet, here we are, wasting still more time discussing "them".

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Searchable by who?
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Searchable by who?


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any chance I could get a copy of that database? :)


get me a snazzy domain name, some unlimited hosting, install a few billion affiliate links,...... oh yeah!
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any chance I could get a copy of that database?

Forward thinking.

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12:20 am on Jan 7, 2013 (gmt 0)

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I think a few people were forward-er thinking.

Here's a 9 month old post from Insurance Networking News / SourceMedia, Inc --


Twitter to Release Two-Year Archive of Tweets
Insurers using a new service will be able to search and analyze up to two years' worth of Twitter updates.

Insurance Networking News, March 1, 2012

But in a recent announcement made by DataSift, a U.K.-based provider of a scalable platform for managing large volumes of information from a variety of social data sources, carriers can search tweets back to January 2010. For insurers, this data could be used to plan marketing campaigns, target potential customers or gather evidence for claims processing.

[insurancenetworking.com...]

and it looks DataSift already has tools for re-syndication of the tweets --

"...Filter data from the Twitter Firehose. Includes text of public Tweets and 40 other fields including user, text, mentions and location."

400 million interactions per day
$1 per 10,000 Tweets

[datasift.com...]

It's like a penny candy store for marketing data trolls.

Note: If an english muffin catches fire in your toaster oven -- do not publicly tweet about it, the insurance industry is filtering the firehose and will trounce your socially influenced insurability rating.