The Government is Into Your Twitters

By way of a flashback, another government agency is archiving all of your tweets. It’s not NSA, it’s LOC — the Library of Congress. Rewind to the beginning of the year.

In April 2010, the Library and Twitter signed an agreement providing the Library the public tweets from the company’s inception through the date of the agreement, an archive of tweets from 2006 through April 2010. Additionally, the Library and Twitter agreed that Twitter would provide all public tweets on an ongoing basis under the same terms.

The Library’s first objectives were to acquire and preserve the 2006-10 archive; to establish a secure, sustainable process for receiving and preserving a daily, ongoing stream of tweets through the present day; and to create a structure for organizing the entire archive by date.

This month, all those objectives will be completed. We now have an archive of approximately 170 billion tweets and growing. The volume of tweets the Library receives each day has grown from 140 million beginning in February 2011 to nearly half a billion tweets each day as of October 2012.

EEEEEEEK!! Nixononian! (Kidding, of course.)

  • http://twitter.com/TeekeeMon/ TeekeeMon

    Quinnipiac: Big 33 Point Shift Since 2010 On Civil Liberties vs. Counter-Terrorism

    In a massive shift in attitudes, voters say 45 – 40 percent the government’s anti-terrorism efforts go too far restricting civil liberties, a reversal from a January 14, 2010 survey by the independent Quinnipiac University when voters said 63 – 25 percent that such activities didn’t go far enough to adequately protect the country. http://bit.ly/15gPMvX

    Thank gawd the American majority is going back to Bob Cesca’s OLD positions on 4th Amendment protections against unreasonable search.

    Pity most of his readers followed him off the cliff when he flipped to “the wrong side of this issue” http://bit.ly/14scGjH