Social networking can serve quite a few purposes, depending on who is actually using it. Too much social networking, such as Facebook (News - Alert) and Twitter, can also be a bit of a bad thing if it is done in excess. On the other end of the spectrum, users can also run into a situation where they have something that everyone might want to see, such as the Library of Congress, but it turns out that users are having a problem making it available to the world.
If it was actually up and running, it would rather be cool. Getting the Library of Congress up and functioning on Twitter (News - Alert) has been far more delicate and intricate than people first expected. According to the organization, it has taken the first steps toward getting everything going. The first goals for laying out the database on Twitter have apparently been achieved, there just seems to be some disagreement about how to actually get the number of tweets that the library would consume out to the general public.
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In a blog posting from the Library’s director of Communications, Gayle Osterberg wrote that the social networking site and the library forged the partnership in 2010 and has been trying to figure out how to get the archive available on the site.
“The Library’s first objectives were to acquire and preserve the 2006-10 archive,” She wrote, “to establish a secure, sustainable process for receiving and preserving a daily, ongoing stream of tweets through the present day; and to create a structure for organizing the entire archive by date.”
While Osterberg says that a solution has not been found just yet, the Library is working on a way to give access to at least some of the information until its entirety can be easily viewed online.
Obviously, this is a task that is going to be taking a little bit of finessing. This isn’t like tweeting about something you did on your lunch break; this is basically a huge vault of information. There were bound to be some problems.
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Edited by Brooke Neuman