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The internet’s memory is fading in front of us. Preserve what you can

By Chris Velazco

16 May 2023 · 5 min read

Editor's Note

If there is something in the digital realm that you love, now is the time to save it. The Washington Post gives five useful tips on how to preserve your digital history.

I signed up for Facebook in my senior year of high school, just as the service was branching out from its college campus confines. And even then, in those early days, the message from my teachers, my parents, and those talking heads on TV was the same: don't put anything on the internet that you don't want floating around forever.

To this day, that's good advice. But it's also clear the internet's memory isn't exactly the steel trap we were all told it was.

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