In the years since, the social media landscape has changed significantly, with new platforms, an explosion in use, terms of service and functionality shifting frequently and lessons learned about privacy and other concerns.
The Library now has a secure collection of tweet text, documenting the first 12 years (2006-2017) of this dynamic communications channel—its emergence, its applications and its evolution.
Today, we announce a change in collections practice for Twitter. Effective Jan. 1, 2018, the Library will acquire tweets on a selective basis—similar to our collections of web sites.
The Library regularly reviews its collections practices to account for environmental shifts, diversity of collections and topics, cost effectiveness, use of collections and other factors. This change results from such a review.
More information is available in the attached white paper.
Some important details:
- The Library will continue to preserve and secure its collection of tweet text.
- The Twitter collection will remain embargoed until access issues can be resolved in a cost-effective and sustainable manner.
- The Library will work with Twitter to acquire tweets on a selective basis.