Monday, April 26, 2010

tweet-a-boo, i see you

If you are an avid reader, you may be we4ll aware of two of the finest works of science fiction written over the past 100 years: Audous Huxley’s A Brave New World and George Orwell’s 1984. In A Brave New World, Huxley attempts to warn us of a future plagued with interest supportive of scientific utopianism. A world in which people are just victims of propaganda to be manipulated. In 1984, George Orwell describes a petrifying dangers that man, in search of a Utopia may create via government in order to have an orderly society, but at the expense of the freedom of the people. In the book “Big brother” is always watching, “Ignorance is strength” and “freedom is slavery.”

Yesterday, the U.S. Library of Congress said it will start saving and archiving all worlds’ tweets from around the world due to a new partnership with Twitter. Each public tweet from 2006, when the first began to date will be archived. This means that all information that is on the public timeline, from twitpics, to your location, to any link will be recorded for all of history for anyone to search and study.

This just displays how significant view the Internet is in this digital age. After six months, all public tweets will be made available to the Library of Congress. It has been estimated that between 50 to 60 millions of tweets are published each day. Biz Stone, one of the founders of the micro-blogging service wrote “…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 be leery of what you send out in your limited 140 character space, for if you plan to run for congress or any political office, your tweets will be available for you opponents to use anyway fit.

12 comments:

msladydeborah said...

This may prove to be a major game changer for individuals who tweet a whole lot. I personally don't care if mine are checked since I seldom use Twitter.

But there are folks who don't seem to get the point that TMI may come back to bite them in the butt one day. I am always amazed at some of the personal information that is shared on line.

Do you think that this may become a legal issue at some point in time? I can see this being a First Ammendment issue if someone's tweets causes them problems later in life.

nicki nicki tembo said...

Social networking happens to be a bit more exposure than I'm comfortable with.

Maybe it has something to do with what Mrs. Johnson,one of my high school math teachers, used to say: "fools names and fools faces, always seen in public places".

waterfalls14 said...

Very informative blog. I was surprised to read some of the things people Tweet about. This was especially true last Tuesday when alot of people were Tweeting and sending pics about their 420 activites. Recently when I googled my name I found various links to Tweets I had posted. Personally I am curtailing the specifics of what I tweet as well as what I post on Facebook. If I really have an issue or situation I will reach out personally and not through social media.

Alyssa Jacob said...

It demonstrates insanity or naivete for anyone to think that things posted on the internet are private. The founders of facebook have essentially said privacy and the need for it are obsolete. Why one would choose to divulge so much personal information so readily is beyond me. Thank the creator for deliberative faculty.

Nikki Wadley said...

I try my best to keep my tweets appropriate since I will one day need to be admitted to the Bar. Usually, if I don't have something interesting to say, I just keep quiet and read other people's foolery...

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