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weblogs and the permanence of links

Weblogs are supposed to be, in a sense, "online diaries" of thoughts, ideas, events, etc. Sometimes what's written in weblogs is commentary on other people's posts, or news articles, or sites we found on the Internet. But we all know how "ethereal" websites are. Sites go offline. Companies collapse, and disappear. People die.

I wonder: are we building a house of cards made of bits that will be meaningless in only a few years? Will we have to revert to do our own local copies of everything we link to? Or will we end up linking only to the Internet Archive's Wayback Machine?

Categories: technology
Posted by diego on October 4 2002 at 3:47 PM

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