All tweets ever tweeted can be backed up on 20 terabytes

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

On March 21st, 2011, Twitter turned 5. Did you know that all tweets, from the very first ("inviting coworkers") until today, can fit in 20 terabytes of data? To put that in perspective, I currently have roughly 3 terabytes of storage within arm's reach. To also put that in perspective, however, some say the estimated storage size of the Library of Congress's print collection (converted into words/characters) is only about half that of the tweets. Have we actually tweeted twice the amount contained in our national research library?


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