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Government Tweets to become National Treasure

The UK's National Archives has announced that it will be saving YouTube videos and tweets, to help make social media a part of history.

The archives will start by collecting Twitter posts and YouTube videos from UK central government departments and other official social media. The idea is to enable people to look back with nostalgia at quotes and tweets from the government.

So far, the online archive has gathered over 65,000 tweets and 7,000 YouTube videos.

Clem Brohier, the interim chief executive and keeper of the archives said: "Social media now plays an important part in government communications with departments using Twitter to clarify policy and YouTube to promote initiatives. So it was imperative for The National Archives to develop systems to support social media.

"This was no small task but we rose to the challenge. It is an exciting step for archives and history; with present and future generations being able to view tweets to understand events in history, just like we do with historic telegrams today."

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