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Remember that time when you got on Twitter and tweeted about the bowl of cereal you had for lunch?

Well congratulations, your tweet is now archived in the Library of Congress!

So that means that message about your stale bowl of Fruity Pebbles will be stored along with documents from the Civil War and the Great Depression.

The announcement about the Twitter archives was made yesterday on the Library of Congress blog:

How Tweet It Is!: Library Acquires Entire Twitter Archive 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. Every public tweet, ever, since Twitter’s inception in March 2006, will be archived digitally at the Library of Congress. That’s a LOT of tweets, by the way: Twitter processes more than 50 million tweets every day, with the total numbering in the billions.

Twitter also made an announcement on their blog, and went into more details about the archiving process:

Twitter Blog: Tweet Preservation The Library of Congress is the oldest federal cultural institution in the United States and it is the largest library in the world. The Library's primary mission is research and it receives copies of every book, pamphlet, map, print, and piece of music registered in the United States. Recently, the Library of Congress signaled to us that the public tweets we have all been creating over the years are important and worthy of preservation. It is our pleasure to donate access to the entire archive of public Tweets to the Library of Congress for preservation and research. It's very exciting that tweets are becoming part of history. It should be noted that there are some specifics regarding this arrangement. Only after a six-month delay can the Tweets will be used for internal library use, for non-commercial research, public display by the library itself, and preservation.

So keep on tweeting and be a part of “the universal body of human knowledge.”

Talk to you guys later. I have to tweet about that sandwich I had for lunch. This is for history, people!

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