Hoarders on the Internet – The Wayback Machine

The Internet Archive is an organization whose self-proclaimed task is to save a copy of everything on the Internet – forever.  If you want to see what a website looked like and the content it contained at a certain point in historical time, you can use the Wayback Machine to find it.  The Internet Archive is currently adding 4 petabytes (4 million gigabytes) per year to its treasure trove.

The Internet Archive contains:

I’ve used the Internet Archive when looking for information that has aged off the web, been changed, or expunged as part of some purge in the name of political correctness.  You can find news articles that have been withdrawn.  For instance, the site has captured the entire newsletter archive of the White House, which were recently deleted by the Trump administration.

This is a great resource.  If you have never visited, take a trip back in time on the link below, and enjoy the ride.  You might also check out the Ars Technica article if you are looking for more details.

More information:


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