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

I have over twenty years professional experience in all aspects of photography and digital imaging. I am Chair of the ISO WG5 TG2 committee responsible for physical properties and durability of imaging material and am currently with HID Global working on systems for security printing for IDs, licenses, and credit cards. Previously, I was Director of Digital Development at Creative Memories from 2009 to 2012 and was responsible for the Creative Memories digital products and services. I also established and directed the Creative Memories Technology Center, which evaluated new products prior to product introduction, assisted with production difficulties, and provided technical information to support product sales.
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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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