Preserve Online Memories

WWW_logo_by_Robert_Cailliau.svgThe World Wide Web or internet is continuously changing and history is vanishing from the web. This study on lost web pages revealed that 11% of web links disappear within one year and 27% within two years.

We see an interesting story or an intriguing photo one day and the next day we can’t find it. Facebook is particularly challenging in that a conversation begun one day can  be difficult or impossible to locate the next.

New research uses online resources to reconstruct lost web pages. But I believe it is better not to lose them in the first place.

Here’s how I try to preserve online memories:

  • Photos – A right mouse click will usually bring up a menu that includes “Save Image As…” Save the photo as you normally would, giving it a meaningful name in the process.
  • Part of Pages – Highlight the section of interest using your mouse and then copy the section of interest into a word processor or print it to a PDF file using “File Print Selection.”
  • Entire Pages – Save as a complete web page using “Save Page As…” or print the page to a PDF file.

With these simple steps, I can always find a web page, photo, or other information, even if it disappears from the internet.

About Mark Mizen

At Creative Memories, I evaluate photographic products and related materials so that today's memories are not lost to the future and then communicate this information to Creative Memories Consultants and their customers. My interests extend from preservation of traditional photographs to the production of photo books to the expected longevity of electronic image files. My long-term objective is to direct the development of technology that meets consumers needs for high-quality products.
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4 Responses to Preserve Online Memories

  1. nancy Lewis says:

    Excellent advice, thank you!

  2. Kathleen says:

    Mark, Peace & joy. I have been doing that for years, it’s so much easier to find things on my ‘puter, and the printouts if I need to build a ‘story’ for reference. *U* Kathleen

  3. Myrna Slater says:

    Thanks for the great advice.

  4. Anne Marie says:

    Good article, Mark. OneNote and Evernote are both great organizing tools for saving online ideas, and both have web-clipping/screen-clipping tools to make saving even easier.

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