Friday, September 18, 2009

White House looking to preserve social media records

I've been meaning to post this since late Wednesday night, but it's been a grueling week . . . .

A couple of days ago, Mashable reported that the Executive Office of the President has issued a request for proposals to capture and preserve all Presidential Records Act materials found on its Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and all other third-party social media sites in "in a scalable, efficient and reliable manner.”

I found out about this RFP via Kate T. at ArchivesNext, who makes a very good point about how this bit of news has been disseminated. Thanks, Kate!

BTW, another Mashable post caught my eye: a couple of days ago, police nabbed a Pennsylvania burglar because he used the victim's computer to check his Facebook profile and forgot to log out before making off with the stuff he stole. Social media may make us better-informed, but it sure as heck isn't going to make us any smarter.

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