Does anyone really believe that the Internet never forgets? I am starting to doubt it, not so much because I’m sure that things simply disappear and can never be found again, but because somethings which I have created have gone away. Or, maybe not quite gone away, but are now coming back with a 404, and I have been removing links from this site to my work (!) on other sites all to often recently.
Photo Credit: laffy4k – Creative Commons
Now, it may well be that my work is still elsewhere, that other people have taken what was written to be used by others is still out there, but the source has vanished. This is particularly true of anything which I had published on Helium. Helium it would appear, has gone through a massive rehash and now appears in a different guise, or several. My publications page, which was once full of fine and proud links to my work elsewhere, is starting to look thin and forgotten.
Fine, I rarely write for other websites any more, preferring to concentrate my efforts elsewhere, but shouldn’t these things be there forever? Or is it just a myth that the Internet never forgets, and that this is really only over the bad things which impregnate themselves on some minds. There is so much out there now, in this virtual cyberworld, that I can no longer believe it will hold forever. Things will vanish, one after another, and not a single memory, not a single byte will remain. One day. One small bit at a time.
Will we miss those things that have gone?
Love & Kisses, Viki.