Library of Congress collects and stores Tweets -

Think before you Tweet

It's hard to remember life before Twitter, but there may come a day when Twitter is not the "it" thing anymore. 

Still, did you know that your tweets will have an afterlife? The U.S. government is collecting every single tweet, from comments about the first cup of java on a Monday morning to tsunami information to the protests in Egypt. 

Cyber Expert Theresa Payton says that digital is forever.  The Library of Congress collects information that might be vital to our Nation's history.  That mission extends to digital data, but they usually don't collect everything digital and hold it forever.  Tweets are the exception and Payton tells us why:

"The Library of Congress said they are not collecting 'private' tweets, which might mean the direct message function," Payton explains. "But they are collecting all tweets, regardless of topic, and storing them forever."

The National Archives has collected tweets and stored them, but their focus was much more limited.

So the question is, what will the future do with the tweets of today? Care to retract any tweets?

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