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!

How Many More Books Will Google Allow Me to Read?

A thought crossed my head the other day… I don’t particularly consider myself a bookworm but I’ve read my fair share of books: how many books would I end up reading in my lifetime?


The Google Library

So to make it easier, I assumed there is  an (extreme) bookworm who reads on average a book a day since he was 12 fora period of 70 years. Thus, that would mean that throughout his life time he will end up reading 25,550 books. Now that’s a hefty amount of books to read!

As of the end of last August there were 168,178,719 books in the world. Given that this number remains the same for the next 70 years, you would have read 0.0152% of the books in the world, if you have read a book a day. Yet, the depressing conclusion I reached is this: it really doesn’t matter much how many books I go through but what matters the most is learning from them.

Given that Google is moving along in their creation of the last library, and they are already beyond the 10 million books mark, they will certainly give the word reading a book a whole new meaning. Just to think of the prospect of having the biggest library in the whole world search-able and accessible online! It would most certainly would make reading a book a day a lot easier.

So what do you think about reading books and the Google library? Wouldn’t you be worried if that much knowledge is listed under the name of one corporation?

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