If Twitter is sitting on a goldmine of data, someone needs to create a better method of digging it up. The Library of Congress was given access to the entire firehose of tweets in 2010, but researchers at the institution are still scratching their heads over how to organize and display the collection, which currently totals 170 billion tweets dating back to 2006.
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The U.S. Library of Congress announced earlier today that they would be acquiring the entire archive of tweets from Twitter. Not surprisingly, the announcement was accompanied by a tweet whose viral retweeting might explain why their blog is down at the time of this writing.