twitter, web archiving, information policy, twitter archiving
Archival Science | Library and Information Science
In 2010, the Library of Congress started archiving every public Tweet after receiving a “starter” archive of Tweets from the first four years of Twitter’s existence (2006- 2010); however, the Library could not keep up with the volume of Tweets being produced, so it halted the program at the beginning of 2018.
With changes in data harvesting and mining technologies, the ultimate goal of the project — archiving every Tweet — may be realized in the near future. As a result, it is necessary to examine the policies in place, alongside the issues which informed them, and those policies which may be needed to complete such an undertaking in the future, particularly in regard to privacy, permanence, and user control.
This poster will provide that examination by comparing current information issues and policies from Twitter, the Library of Congress, and other relevant bodies, as well as considering the benefits and challenges in archiving Tweets for both scholars and the public.
Westbrook, Georgia, "Where have all the good Tweets gone? An examination of the information policies at play in Twitter archiving" (2019). School of Information Studies - Post-doc and Student Scholarship. 6.
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