Are These Official Federal Records??

AOTUS (the Archivist of the U.S.) blogged yesterday "Federal agencies’ Facebook posts, YouTube videos, blog posts, and tweets… are all of these Federal records?

Increasingly, Federal agencies are using web 2.0 and social media tools to quickly and effectively communicate with the public. These applications, sites, and tools encourage public participation and increase our ability to be more open and transparent. The informal tone of the content, however, should not be confused with insignificance. Agencies must comply with all records management laws, regulations, and policies when using web 2.0 and social media tools."

The National Archives is the place where America’s historical documents, like the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution and the Louisiana Purchase Treaty are stored and preserved, along with more mundane documents and records from all Federal agencies.

Should tweets receive the same respect and treatment?


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