A Tweet is Forever

Today, the US Library of Congress announced that it acquired the entire Twitter public archive going back to March 2006. At over 50,000 tweets per day, that accounts for billions of tweets.


The announcement creates a number of considerations. The first cements the concept that social media posts are forever. This is not new…is it? The Library of Congress is a one-way vault of collecting information amongst other things. As such, it may cause one to rethink their posts before hitting the return key.

The second thought is a change to the way information is organized. Today, many think in terms of centralizing data as much as possible. But with the increase in both sources and end points, the strategy is flawed. Rather than collecting information into a central source, we need a way to connect the different data sources. This does a couple of things. First, it eliminates the need to duplicate data to multiple locations. Second, it prevents the need to make assumptions on the organization of data. Put another way, data organization becomes more abstract and dynamic. Third, mobile devices are used more than ever to access data. The physical location and connectivity method of those devices varies from device-to-device and day-to-day.

In essence, a new architecture is needed to create dynamic organization of data. This also requires a more robust global network to bring data from different sources dynamically.

Tim Crawford is ranked as one of the Top 100 Most Influential Chief Information Technology Officers (#4), Top 100 Most Social CIOs (#7), Top 20 People Most Retweeted by IT Leaders (#5) and Top 100 Cloud Experts and Influencers. Tim is a strategic CIO & advisor that works with large global enterprise organizations across a number of industries including financial services, healthcare, major airlines and high-tech. Tim’s work differentiates and catapults organizations in transformative ways through the use of technology as a strategic lever. Tim takes a provocative, but pragmatic approach to the intersection of business and technology. Tim is an internationally renowned CIO thought leader including Digital Transformation, Cloud Computing, Data Analytics and Internet of Things (IoT). Tim has served as CIO and other senior IT roles with global organizations such as Konica Minolta/ All Covered, Stanford University, Knight-Ridder, Philips Electronics and National Semiconductor. Tim is also the host of the CIO In The Know (CIOitk) podcast. CIOitk is a weekly podcast that interviews CIOs on the top issues facing CIOs today. Tim holds an MBA in International Business with Honors from Golden Gate University Ageno School of Business and a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Information Systems from Golden Gate University.

1 comment on “A Tweet is Forever

  1. Pingback: Tweets that mention A Tweet is Forever « Cloud Computing: Enabling IT's Evolutionary Transition -- Topsy.com

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