Far be it from us to hint that tweeple should consider being more interesting on Twitter. No more, “OMG Justin Bieber!” History is on the line, dude. People are going to be looking at your tweets decades from now…in six months.
Anyway, Slate’s Christopher Beam discusses the finer points of archiving Twitter:
Among the many criticisms of Twitter, the most common by far is that no one cares what you ate for breakfast.
In fact, quite a few people care. “I actually think it’s very useful,” says Paul Freedman, a professor at Yale University who studies the history of food. For him, a 140-character ode to your KFC Double Down-along with the worshipful photo you took before devouring it-could be a priceless historical document. “Historians are interested in ordinary life,” Freedman says. “And Twitter is an incredible resource for ordinary life.”
Hence the decision by the Library of Congress last week to store the complete archives of Twitter. Starting six months from now, every last tweet-currently produced at a rate of 50 million a day-will be saved on an LoC hard drive and will presumably be accessible to historians for…well, forever.
The interesting tidbit is about historians accessing your GMail in a hundred years. Just sit and think about all the candid and thoughtless stuff you write your Bieber fan club. It’s all going to be interesting and useful to some future data nerd.