The New York Times today asks if social media information objects from politicians are considered federal records. David Ferreiro, Archivist of the United States, says they are and that federal agencies should should follow regular records management practices in regards to social media objects. Though, the article points out the difficulty that federal agencies may have archiving social media objects when they are still having trouble meeting records management guidelines for archiving emails.
What do you think? Should social media content from politicians be archived, or is this content simply inconsequential “digital ephemera”?
Here is David Ferriero’s original blog posting on the AOTUS website.