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Tweeting forever

December 7, 2011 - Jim Denison, PhD

Library of Congress main reading room in the Thomas Jefferson Building (Credit: Carol McKinney Highsmith)

I just saw this remarkable story: the Library of Congress and Twitter have signed an agreement that will create an archive of every public Tweet ever sent.  We’re talking about billions upon billions of Tweets.  The Library of Congress has long been a repository of historical documents; they view the Twitter library, as a whole, as valuable history.  Researchers will be able to data-mine the repository for interesting information, such as the mood of the public at various times in reaction to certain news events.

I have two questions.  First, what kind of data capacity will the Library need to house every public Tweet that has ever been and will ever be sent?  I’m envisioning the warehouse at the end of Raiders of the Lost Ark times a thousand.

Second, would you have sent every Tweet you’ve created if you’d known it would live forever in a government server?  Imagine researchers a century from now discussing what you had for lunch last Tuesday.

Jesus was 20 centuries ahead of his time when he warned us, “There is nothing concealed that will not be disclosed, or hidden that will not be made known” (Matthew 10:26).  He knows our public Tweets and our private thoughts.  He knows the sins we committed yesterday and the ones we don’t know we’ll commit tomorrow.  And yet he loves us unconditionally and wants a personal, intimate relationship with us.  Christmas proves that he will go to any lengths “to seek and to save what was lost” (Luke 19:10).

He’s reading today the Tweet I’ll send tomorrow.  May it honor the King of Kings.

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