Monday, May 07, 2012
Time Travelling Online With The British Library
So there I was, innocently minding my own business, staring at my blog visitor stats more obsessively than Rupert Murdoch stares at his profit margins (WAHEY topical humour! Who says reading this blog doesn't keep you up-to-date with news? Wait don't answer that. --Editor) when I realise that one of my most popular posts, The Cambridge Interviewer Interviewed, hasn't been updated for a long time. I open it up and start editing it--
- when I accidentally delete the whole thing.
Then when I fumble for the 'Revert to Draft' button which will save my ass, I accidentally click the 'Save' button instead.
I just lost one of my most popular early posts that still gets hits every day from students applying to Cambridge University.
Thankfully, I didn't stay curled up on the floor in the fetal position sucking my thumb and crying for my mommy for long. I got onto Google and searched - and found that my blog had been archived by the British Library's Web Archive and perfectly preserved online.
What does this mean?
For me - it means I found my post, copied and pasted it back. (Wow. This means I basically went back in time and stole a post from my past self. Damn. If only I could go back in time and tell my past self to stop shaving his head and apply Rogaine every day religiously, maybe I'd have some hair now eh? AHAHA kidding! Bald is sexy. You hear that ladies? SEXAY. --Ed.)
For you - it means that long after you and I are dead, your grandkids will STILL be reading my crap! BWAHAHAHA. So remember - when they're born, buy them new clothes, milk bottles, and antipsychotic pills. They'll need it.
Seriously though, if you want to see what the Internet was like a few years ago, go visit the UK Web Archive and spend a few hours travelling back in time. (No they don't do porn. Sorry bros. I checked. *Bro fist* --Ed.)