Library of Congress Nears Completion of Twitter Archive

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WASHINGTON -- The Library of Congress is archiving your tweets -- all in the name preserving and understanding our culture. So far, the national library has collected about 170 billions tweets that were posted between 2006 and 2010 -- the time frame in which public tweets were complied.

Since then, the volume of tweets collected on a daily basis has grown exponentially from 140 million tweets in early 2011 to 500 million, as of October 2012, Mashable reports.

Library of Congress Communications Director Matt Raymond said in a blog they're documenting "important tweets." And those important tweets have peeked the interested of researches from around the world who've sent hundreds of inquiries to the national library, seeking all sorts of information that range from citizen journalism to the tracking of vaccines.

But that doesn't mean the library will be provide easy to the archive. In fact, they've stated most of the archive will not be easily downloadable and researchers must agree to not use the information for commercial purposes.

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