38% of one million of webpages that existed in 2013 are no longer accessible a decade later

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Thought i toss this up here as a discussion piece as i and no doubt many on here are old WWW user's we have seen sites just go poof this new study to me was interesting thought it might be interesting to some on here.


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Really shows how saving what you see should be the norm
 
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Internet History is such an interesting topic. Amazing how some websites can instantly transport you back in time just based on the aesthetic like the architecture in an old building does.
 

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Internet History is such an interesting topic. Amazing how some websites can instantly transport you back in time just based on the aesthetic like the architecture in an old building does.

Yeah i still have some old sites that work

I miss this style of sites


Interesting that so much is lost already

As someone that has a dusty html certificate that used to mean something before the whole website creation via a few click's you are totally right.

We lost entire sites with flash based content along with those old blog style sites that you could scroll for hours i even have a old yahoo groups account anyone here remember yahoo groups back when myspace was a new thing?
 
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A good portion of that loss probably comes from MySpace pages, AngelFire etc. Flash being killed off did a lot of damage too.
 
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It was supposed to, "exist forever."

I remember in the 90s, the internet was touted as, "the information age!" that tag line died a quick and sad death when we learned the spread of misinformation is more rampant than the spread of, "information and/or knowledge."

Sad world we live in and is a constant remind... shit CAN get worse. It can even get worse than now... my brain cannot comprehend the fuckery that is to come. We will look back on, "today" as the sane times.

The world seemed chaotic and nuts in 2001... and here we are now. da fuq?!
 
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This doesn't surprise me at all. I never expected things to last "back in the days" either. Too many things that can change, other than hosting/dns changes.
 

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A good portion of that loss probably comes from MySpace pages, AngelFire etc. Flash being killed off did a lot of damage too.
Dont diss Geocities by just ignoring them!

[I met my wife on MySpace. we still get a good laugh at that one]
 
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Places that shut down, etc. Old news articles and such the hosts didn't want to pay to have...
The Wayback machine should work for most.
Lots of pirate sites. Other places moved to the deepweb (or darkweb.)
 

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When enjin closed its web builder, it took A LOT of websites down with it.
 

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How much is an actual loss though. The web has a lot of useless stuff and do you really want your posts from 25 years ago around forever? Old stored files and bitorrents being scrubbed bother me more. So does paywalling everything and corporate fascism.
 

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I think there's more useless stuff around now than there was back then. And all old posts are around forever, they vanish from public view but they still exist.
 

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Social media declared war on the internet. Google, MS and Disney are picking off the survivors.
Meta too, and Space Karen if he decides to ruin a site besides Twatter.
 
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Meta is being run by an actual android so no shock there. Space Karen is so back and forth in what he says that I don't have a clue how that will end up.
 

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How much is an actual loss though. The web has a lot of useless stuff and do you really want your posts from 25 years ago around forever? Old stored files and bitorrents being scrubbed bother me more. So does paywalling everything and corporate fascism.

There is alot actually as old equipment used to have digital backup repair guides heck entire support forums with wealth's of knowledge went poof over the years.

Photobucket? or was it pitlocker? that image hosting site few years back shutdown that was a huge loss also many articles left broken.
 
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