The library says that as of Jan. 1, it will only acquire tweets “on a very selective basis.” By 2013, the archive had already amassed more than 170 billion tweets.
Since 2010, Library of Congress has been archiving every single public tweet: Yours, ours, the president’s.
But today, the institution announced it will no longer archive every one of our status updates, opinion threads, and “big if true“s. As of Jan. 1, the library will only acquire tweets “on a very selective basis.”
The library says it began archiving tweets “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 archive stretches back to Twitter’s beginning, in 2006.