As the internet keeps growing at an exponential rate, it is also imploding in on itself at an even faster one. Companies go out of business, their servers closed and with them websites, important history and part of the internet, dies.
We have all seen them. The horrible walls. The end of the internet. A hole. A page which says “404“.
That beautiful image of your family your took on your trip to Gran Canaria last year and uploaded to that file sharing website, can be gone in an instance. Poof.
How can we prevent such important parts of our life’s and history from disappearing in front of our eyes? By archiving these websites and creating mirror-websites. Websites such as The Wayback Machine run by the non-profit organization the Internet Archive is just one example how we can make copies of the internet. However, we need to do this at a much higher rate.
Websites close down at such a high rate, and are archived at such an infrequent rate that it is impossible to archive all websites as it is today, without missing a whole bunch which just…disappeared.