Washington (CNN) - Have you ever tweeted about what you just ate, the person you just met or the awesome CNN story you just read? Now that 140 character message will be archived in the Library of Congress.
The Library of Congress has acquired the entire Twitter archive dating back to March 2006. The announcement was made first on the Library's Twitter account: "Library to acquire ENTIRE Twitter archive - ALL public tweets, ever, since March 2006!"
Approximately 50 million tweets are sent out a day and, thus far, five terabytes worth of data. Twitter accounts that are not public and direct messages will not be in the archive.
"We believe Twitter has value in the context of American history and culture," said Library Communications Director Matt Raymond.
The Library of Congress approached Twitter with the idea and Twitter agreed to give the information, for free, as a gift. Researchers have also been in touch with the library and will now start mining the data, using algorithms and specific techniques, to derive patterns and information of note.
"It's very exciting that tweets are becoming part of history," Twitter co-founder Biz Stone wrote in ablog post. "It should be noted that 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."
Researchers with a valid library card will be able to access the database at the Library of Congress in Washington.
Every tweet will be included, but the library highlighted a few noteworthy ones. There's the first tweet ever from Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey: "just setting up my twttr"
And President Obama's tweet on election night: "We just made history. All of this happened because you gave your time, talent and passion. All of this happened because of you. Thanks"