The Library of Congress Got Your Tweets
After I finished saying a really drawn out “WOWWWW.” I realized that with THAT tweet, a lot of folks’ chances of ever running for public office just spiraled down the drain of life. That tweet just murked some hopes and dreams.
Yes, yall. the Library of Congress, holder of all things U.S. history, is now going to have a database of every public tweet ever… twoted (yes, that word now exists. In fact, let me tweet it so it can be indexed). They even blogged about it HERE.
Twitter is 4 years old (founded March 2006). And apparently, there are 50 million new tweets everyday. Needless to say, that’s a whole lot of gahtdamb tweets to archive. Given, a lot of those tweets will be the mundane like “I’m bored.” “I’m tired.” “I’m Lil Duval.” But a good amount of those tweets will also contain some interesting/damaging/intriguing/highly personal information.
If censoring yourself even just a little bit wasn’t a concern before, it oughta be now. And if you’ont gibbadamb well I’ont gibbafug (I’m such an urban youth sometimes). Anyway, I realize that everyone’s foolish tweets are gonna be in the Library of Congress’ database. So all the folks who make a habit of #TwitterAfterDark ratchetness, tweeting about *insert crassness here*… be uncomforted.
What if the Library of Congress decided to have this database publicly searchable, and employers could pay the LOC to do searches on tweets from potentials? Yeah, A LOTTA folks would be screwed! I STAY trying to tell folks to be careful, ever since I found out Google was indexing tweets.
Everyone needs to operate under the guise that ANY information they put out on Twitter (private or not) is PUBLIC. This frame of mind will save you later. This is even ESPECIALLY relevant if you use your real name on your Twitter account. Don’t be having Lauren S. Jones as your name if you’re also tweeting bout what happened in your boudoir last night. And recapping what he did that made you make a Jennifer Holliday hitting high note face. All I’m saying is REMEMBER that the streets are watching!
Remember how Prez Obama had to fill out a 64-question thing when he won office? Ours is gon be more like 200. And 92.5% of folks are gon FAIL. After the fact. Lawd… 89% of our generation won’t even qualify to run for office just from foolish tweets ALONE! Everyone’s gonna be disqualified. So yes, consider this my PSA: Remember that EVERYTHING you tweet is now in the Library of Congress’ permanent records. And BEST believe they’ll make them searchable one day.
The more you know. *shooting star with P-List celeb*
So is this new fact going to change anyone’s tweeting habits? Or did you expect something like this would happen?