Well I guess there is something to be said about Twitter and how it is seen as en emerging force in our society. Because last week, Twitter announced that is has entered into an agreement with the Library of Congress, where they will archive every public tweet since Twitter’s inception. I just wonder about both the social implications of this, as well as the privacy issues.
I mean, a public tweet is just that…Public. But it is a completely different thing to have your tweet archived in such an institution – one whose responsibility is ” to sustain and preserve a universal collection of knowledge and creativity for future generations”. By it’s own definition, the Library of Congress has just classified the collective tweets around the world as worthy of such a preservation.
The news of this new relationship spread quickly across the Internet. Is this something we should be happy about? Will it change what your publicly tweet, whether you use Twitter for business or pleasure? With Microsoft’s BING search engine recently announcing it has joined Google and will include Twitter’s tweet time-lines in it’s search results, it looks like Twitter is becoming a household name.