City of Austin launches social media archive

The city of Austin is making thousands of social media records available to the public on its website in a free, searchable archive.

City officials announced this week that because of Austin’s “commitment to an open and transparent government” the social media archive is being offered to further the goals of the Texas Public Information Act.

The archive was developed by the company ArchiveSocial and can be found at http://austintexas.gov/social. The company specializes in social media record keeping for government, regulated industries and businesses, according to the city announcement.

City social media messages are continually being retrieved and archived. More than 35,000 records are currently included. Additional accounts will be included in the future.