Preservation and Archiving in Social Media: A Review of the Literature

Things have been a bit crazy, so I’m a bit lat posting last weeks just like I was with the week before.  Last week’s reading focused on preservation and archiving of Social Media.

Hick’s article talked about should governments archieve social media postings, specifically talking about postings by governement officials.  It seems governements around the world are trying to make up their minds about this.  It was enlightening to learn that there is still so much disscussion over social media usage in government, I would have thought it had become so common place with so many government agencies having Facebook or Twitter accounts.  Whether or not it should be archieved and preserved is an even bigger issue it seems with many different views and governments not knowing what to do.

Hinchman’s article revolved around non profit organizations using social media, which fits right in with libraries.  It talked about how a non profit could use social media to promote their services.  It gave an easy to understand way to impliment an effective social media policy for a non profit organization.  Perfect for libraries who have yet to get on the bandwagon so to speak.

Holland’s article on 7 things to remember when preserving data from social networkign sites made excellent points that are important to keep in mind.  We can’t forget this advice, or we might risk preserving the information in the wrong way.  This advice should be kept in mind for any business, company, or public organization.

Murphy’s article warns about social media use in offices repeating the mistakes of early office e-mail.  He warns that without the right policies, companies could be inviting problems with eDiscovery and litagation.  He recommends way to prevent such problems.  His advice should be headed in this new digital age.

Nagesh’s article was eye opening, I had no idea the governement was archieving information posted by Executive Office employees on publicly accessible websites such as social media sites.  They intend to collect all posts and messages to the office on White House created sites.  It is supposed to apply only to those offices that fall under the 1978 Presidential Records office, but to me it sounds like it could be just the start of a slippery slope.

Perez’s aricle on 10 ways to backup and archieve your Twitter account are great things to keep in mind for places and people that need to keep a personal archieve.   I especially liked the WordPress option since I can then archive here.


Hicks, R. (February 9, 2010). Should govts archive social media posts?

Hinchman, A. D. (November 2010). Social media challenges for preservation organizations. Forum News, 17 (3).

Holland, M. (October 10, 2012). 7 key things to remember when preserving data from social networking sites.

Murphy, B. (March 13, 2012). Social media collection and preservation.

Nagesh, G. (September 3, 2009). Administration issues solicitation to archive social media content.

Perez. S. (August 10, 2009). 10 ways to archive your tweets.


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