The 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.