The Library of Congress has a new kind of collection: Tweets.
The Library’s Communications Director published a blog entry, giving an update on its efforts to build a collection of tweets. So far it’s amassed more than 170-billion tweets.
Now it’s looking to make them available to the public. The efforts began in 2010, when the library made an agreement with Twitter for access to all public tweets since the site’s founding in 2006.
The communications director says social media is supplementing, and in some cases replacing, letters, journals, and serial publications routinely collected by libraries.