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How long will data on the internet survive?


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I often wonder this. Once something is put on the internet, it's almost instantly cloned on loads of other websites, and shared, etc. so how many years into the future will this data actually survive online? Will a tweet or a photograph put online in 2013 still be kicking around in 100, 200, 500, 1000 years? What do you think?

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I think all data on the internet will exist 100s or even 1000s of years and future descendants can look what we did in 2013 etc.


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Depends how much the data is shared & if the data is open or restricted. Open websites will likely last forever on projects like the internet archive, but unshared restricted content will not (password protected). The archived data isn't going to go anywhere, space won't be an issue because storage will just get cheaper. 

 

Assuming peace & no major natural disaster it will last perhaps hundreds of years, but most of the data will never be accessed ever again... 


Edited by Ewan, 15 June 2013 - 11:31 PM.


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I wonder if in the year 1,002,013 AD they will be able to just go onto their crazy futuristic equivalent of the internet and watch videos filmed in 2013, videos that were recorded a million years into the past. It would certainly be very strange for them! (Or us - if we succeed in surviving for such an incredibly long time.)




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