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Twitter as a first draft of the present - and the challenges of preserving it for the future

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Bruns, Axel; Weller, Katrin

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Corporate Editor Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)
Abstract "This paper provides a framework for understanding Twitter as a historical source. We address digital humanities scholars to enable the transfer of concepts from traditional source criticism to new media formats, and to encourage the preservation of Twitter as a cultural artifact. Twitter has established itself as a key social media platform which plays an important role in public, real-time conversation. Twitter is also unique as its content is being archived by a public institution (the Library of Congress). In this paper we will show that we still have to assume that much of the contextual information beyond the pure tweet texts is already lost, and propose additional objectives for preservation." (author's abstract)
Keywords social media; twitter; archives; data bank; data storage; cultural heritage; science of history; data capture
Classification Information and Documentation, Libraries, Archives; Interactive, electronic Media
Free Keywords user-generated content; historical sources
Collection Title WebSci '16 : proceedings of the 8th ACM Conference on Web Science
Editor Nejdl, Wolfgang; Hall, Wendy; Parigi, Paolo; Staab, Steffen
Conference 8. International ACM Web Science Conference. Hannover, 2016
Document language English
Publication Year 2016
City New York
Page/Pages p. 183-189
ISBN 978-1-4503-4208-7
Status Postprint; reviewed
Licence Deposit Licence - No Redistribution, No Modifications