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Steve
Good article.
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Matteo
Caution crankiness ahead Frankly, I don't get the hand-wringing about iavsnion of privacy. Public tweets are *public* and on the web already anyone could be archiving them, at anytime. (And I would assume that the Internet Archive has already been quietly crawling the service for years and locking up the discourse on Justin Bieber for posterity.) Since my account is open, I don't tweet about stuff I wouldn't want my parents, or my employer, or anyone else who might Google me, to know about, either now or in the future. Upon further reflection, I'm not always thrilled with what I've tweeted, but that's the risk I assume when I hit send. It's like posting to the listserv sometimes you may regret that you wrote something, but once you've sent it, there's no way to get it back. (One of the reasons the list archives were going to be discarded a few years back was because a few posters asked to have their posts removed and threatened to sue SAA. Most people agreed that was ridiculous, regardless of what they thought of the value of the listserv and its archives.)I also don't get the archival consternation. Yes, there are issues to be worked out and Brad and Terry have brought up excellent points but it seems like we as a profession do too much of debating the nuances of every issue *instead* of taking action, rather than just taking action and working out the details later. With electronic records, the latter is essential since things emerge and evolve so quickly. Though they're not our national archives, and probably this idea is the brainchild of IT and digital preservation people, not archivists, it seems very fitting to me that it's the Library of Congress that is plowing ahead.(Yes, fools rush in where angels fear to tread, but I do think this is a case where we would have come to the conclusion that much of this is worth preserving and worked out a way to do so. It just would have taken us years to get there. And since the NARA is not a collecting repository, LOC is probably the closest we have to a people's archive anyway.)
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