Library of Congress to preserve Twitter posts

That Twitter message you just posted about your ham sandwich might now become part of history.

Twitter is donating its archives of tweets to the Library ofCongress, going back to the first ones in 2006. The goal is toallow researchers to revisit discussions of significant events,including the protests in Iran last year and the earthquakes inHaiti and elsewhere.

Only tweets meant for public viewing will be available, though.Accounts with more restrictive privacy settings won't be included.

In announcing the archives Wednesday, Twitter said the Libraryof Congress won't be able to offer access to specific tweets untilsix months after they are posted. Separately, Google Inc. announceda new feature for accessing more recent Twitter archives.

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