Anything you “Tweet” can & will be used against you!

The Library of Congress announced this week that it will archive the billions of tweets published since Twitter launched in March 2006“. CNN on Twitter Library

Interesting piece of new, right? However, as always, there are two sides of each coin and in order to be able to weigh the outcomes of such a decision, we must lay out the facts and balance them accordingly.

So, here are my two cents…

Is archiving tweets a good thing?

Library of Congress, Jefferson Building by Michael Casey

Library of Congress, Jefferson Building by Michael Casey

One the positive side, this move ultimately means that future generations will have an unprecedented amount of firsthand data (in 140-character bites) about what every Twitter user from every corner of the world was doing, thinking and feeling at every moment starting 2006.

On the other hand, this also means that every silly, emotionally-charged, anger-based, drunken-caused or fear-fueled tweet, that every Twitter user from every corner of the world might have regrettably tweeted since 2006, will be there for future generations to feed on and potential employers or even partners to abuse!

But it doesn’t end here…

Thinking back to the new crime prediction software, I think this move might really complicate things even further! Theoretically, instead of pulling someone’s criminal records, the tweet library could be used as the database for criminal activity search! So even if you don’t have any criminal records, your tweets might have the power to implicate you!

A needless waste of resources and money?

Flashmemory, a commenter on CNN’s original article, thinks so and says: “I just sent my senators and representatives an e-mail asking that the Library of Congress’ funding be stripped. What a complete waste of money and resources“.

How about you: What do you think  of this “Library for Tweets”? Do you think it’s a waste of resources and money? Or are you able to see the bright side of constructing such a library?

Looking forward to reading your comments and opinions :)

Comments and Reactions

  • http://www.firstfound-blog.co.uk Andy @ FirstFound

    It's not a great idea, just because a huge proportion of Tweets will be spam, or banal asides.

    How easily available will this archive be though?

  • http://blog.thoughtpick.com/ Beiruta

    The scary thought is “who” will have access to it? Thanks for the comment :)

  • http://www.seo-writer.com/ David SEO consultant

    Someday, super intelligent creatures from the future will laugh their socks off at how we wasted our intelligence. Tweet on!

  • http://blog.thoughtpick.com/ Beiruta

    Maybe they are doing that right now :)

  • http://blog.thoughtpick.com M.Bamieh

    Does it really matter? we already don't own anything we tweet so get no say in how its used, and its not like tweeting has any valuable content on its own … without archiving services like bit.ly and others it just like a list of references of burnt books … they are mostly worth nothing

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