Newsletter: Tweets Might Not Become History & Whatsapp’s Goodbye for Blackberry and Windows

Newsletter: Tweets Might Not Become History & Whatsapp’s Goodbye for Blackberry and Windows

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“Resistance is always possible! But we must engage in resistance first of all by developing the idea of a technological culture” ~ Paul Virilio

LIBRARY OF CONGRESS WILL  REDUCE ITS TWITTER ARCHIVES IN 2018

THE STORY

Now The Library of Congress will be choosy and will keep Twitter archives on a selective basis.

WHY IS THE LIBRARY GETTING PICKY NOW?

Library of Congress decided to collect Twitter posts in 2010. Since they have been collecting Twitter archives for historical purposes. From 2014, the UK also started collecting Tweets and YouTube videos for the same.

It all started when Library of Congress took interest in tweets and thoughts expressed by people on the platform. Twitter helped in acquiring all the tweets of innumerable members of Congress and several US presidents which were published during 2006- 2010. It also asked to do the same in the coming years.

In the recent times, Twitter increased the number of characters that could be used in a tweet. The change was welcomed by Twitter enthusiast and people took part in huge discussions. With the exploding volume of tweets, Library of Congress’ Twitter archives database was growing at a rampant rate and this is just the start.

So, as predicted the day has come. According to the latest announcement by Library of Congress, they will only save tweets “on a selective basis” from January 1st.

WHAT DID GAYLE OSTERBERG SAY?

As written in a blog post by Gayle Osterberg of the Library of Congress, The tweets will be collected from 2006 – 2010 will be there in the database, and they will keep on acquiring tweets on a selective basis. According to the white paper reports,  from now on the tweets acquired will be “thematic and event-based, including events such as elections, of themes of ongoing national interest, e.g. public policy.”

It also tells that there has been a significant increase in the volume of tweets since 2010 and also its text-only archives miss out on important visual information of latest tweets.

“The Library generally does not collect comprehensively,” says the white paper. “Given the unknown direction of social media when the gift was first planned, the Library made an exception for public tweets. With social media now established, the Library is bringing its collecting practice more in line with its collection policies.”


WHATSAPP WILL NOT SUPPORT  BLACKBERRY AND WINDOWS PHONE FROM 31ST DECEMBER

THE STORY

Whatsapp will end support for Windows and Blackberry phones from 31st December.

WHAT NO WHATSAPP ON BLACKBERRY AND WINDOWS?

Whatsapp announced that it will end support for Blackberry (including BlackBerry 10) and Windows Phone 8.0 (and older) on 31st December 2017.

Well, end of support definitely doesn’t mean that people with Blackberry and Windows phone will not be able to use it. However, they will not be able to create new accounts or re-verify existing accounts. Furthermore, WhatsApp warns: “Because we will no longer actively develop for these platforms, some features may stop functioning at any time.”

If you a fan of Blackberry, you need to switch to a blackberry device with Android platform on it.

This is not the first time Whatsapp has announced a news like this. Earlier in 2016, it announced that it was ending support for Blackberry and Nokia. However, Whatsapp supported Blackberry 10 for another year. As for Nokia, Whatsapp will drop support for Nokia S40 on December 31, 2018. If we talk about Older Android Devices 2.3 and older versions will get support until February 1, 2020.

WHAT DID WHATSAPP ADVISE?

Whatsapp advised the older phone owners, “These platforms don’t offer the kind of capabilities we need to expand our app’s features in the future. If you use one of these affected mobile devices, we recommend upgrading to a newer OS version, or to a newer Android running OS 4.0+, iPhone running iOS 7+, or Windows Phone 8.1+ so that you can continue using WhatsApp.

Once you have one of these devices, simply install WhatsApp and verify your phone number on the new device. Keep in mind that WhatsApp can only be activated with one phone number on one device at a time.

There is currently no option to transfer your chat history between platforms. However, we provide the option to send your chat history attached to an email. Learn how to export your chat history on: Android | iPhone | Windows Phone | Nokia S40 | BlackBerry | BlackBerry 10”

Srishti Sisodia is a technical content journalist at Systweak Software. Apart from being a capable engineer, her affinity for inscription draws her towards writing interesting content about contemporary technologies and progressions. She is an avid reader and a fare connoisseur. She relishes different cuisines and when it comes to baking, she takes the cake!

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