Twitter’s donation of its archives to the Library of Congress offers vast potential—as well as challenges—for historians, reports the New York Times. Twitter users now broadcast about 55 million Tweets a day. In just four years, about 10 billion of these brief messages have accumulated. Not a few are pure drivel—but, taken together, they are likely to be of considerable value to future historians. They contain more observations, recorded at the same times by more people, than ever preserved in any medium before. That’s why Twitter last month announced that it would donate its archive of public messages to the...

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