Google v Internet Archive

A recent article has highlighted a short coming in trusting Google to stick to its original mission statement "to organise the world's information and make is universally accessible and useful".

In Never trust a corporation to do a library's job the author, Andy Baio discusses the ever evolving projects and policies of the search engine giant and what impact relying on these to stay the same could have in the long run. Google is shown to be abandoning some of the projects that would have, hopefully, actually made the world's information perpetually "accessible and useful".

On the other hand, "Internet Archive is a non-profit library of millions of free books, movies, software, music and more." It includes the Wayback Machine that contains 452 billion web pages archived. You can even use Wayback Machine to capture a webpage as it appears now for use as a trusted citation in the future.

Google may be a better search engine, and have it's information stored in a much more organised manner than Internet Archive. But when Google is now shifting it's algorithms and search features to be all about currency, it's good to know there are ways of finding the old content.


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