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!

Users spend 39 Years per day on Facebook.com!

Compete shows that Facebook gets 104 billion page views a month2.29 billion visits from 125 million unique users. Those users spend a total of 10,230,335 hours per month (September 2009) surfing the site.

Users spent 10+ million hours on Facebook in Sept 2009

Users spent 10+ million hours on Facebook in Sept 2009

Doing the math: 10,230,335 hours per month divided by 30 gives the total number of hours spent per day on Facebook = 341,011.2 hours = 39 years/day!

Doing the math...

Doing the math...

Does this mean that, roughly, Facebook users all together spend 39 years per day on Facebook.com? What a waste!

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