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Twitter as History

Twitter is making all of its content – all 55 million daily tweets – available to the Library of Congress so that all tweets can be part of recorded history.

The library reached out to the company a few months ago about adding Twitter’s content to the national archives, said Matt Raymond, the library’s director of communications. He cited Twitter’s “immense impact on culture and history” like its use as a vital communications tool by political dissidents in Iran and Barack Obama’s turning to Twitter to declare victory in the 2008 election.

So look out folks, twenty years from now, your kids could be researching a paper about life in the first decade of the millenium and stumble upon some of your more interesting posts.

Try Try Again

The National Archives will make yet another attempt, using advanced high tech methods, to once and for all figure out what happened during those infamous 18 and a half minutes of tape that were erased from the records of a meeting between Nixon and H.R. Haldeman on June 20, 1972, three days after the Watergate break-in that eventually brought down the Nixon presidency.