The decaying web and our disappearing history

By Oleg Mitskaniouk | Posted September 29, 2012 at 01:59PM
What’s most vulnerable, rather, is the network of living connections into which social media is a window: the nexus of sources, resources, sounds, images and updates that together constitute the stuff of many millions of people’s daily experience. One commercial firm may well be able to sell you every extant public tweet ever sent – and another may do the same for other social media services. As work like SalahEldeen and Nelson’s study suggests, however, preserving these individual threads does little by itself to stop the tapestry of present history unravelling.

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