I was on one of my favorite sites today, Twitter, when someone sent out a tweet that said the Library of Congress will be archiving all public tweets, from March 2006 on forward. That’s right, folks! If you thought Twitter was nothing more than sh*ts and giggles, you are WRONG! And, according to their website, the Library of Congress wants to congratulate you:
Have you ever sent out a “tweet” on the popular Twitter social media service? Congratulations: Your 140 characters or less will now be housed in the Library of Congress.
That’s right! Congratulations go out to all those people out there “tweeting” a ton of foolishness! And I’m not talking about your average jokes. I’m talking about stuff that would make your elders blush and cut their eyes as you. Hey all you “Wang Wednesday” people you’re about to be a part of history! And we can’t forget those “Twitter After Dark” tweets! Oh this is such hilarity! I can’t help but laugh out loud and shake my head at those who don’t think it necessary to do a little self-censorship when tweeting. Now, don’t get me wrong, are there some of my own tweets that I’m not thrilled about being archived? Hmmmm…no actually I feel pretty cool about it all’ I haven’t posted anything that I would be embarrassed by or would not want to stand by, so the idea of archiving my tweets doesn’t faze me at all. But, I can say that I’m glad I haven’t been reckless with my digital fingerprints; once you put stuff out there on the Internet, it’s pretty much a wrap. This is how I’ve approached the entire social networking issue. If you don’t want it known, better keep it to yourself.
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