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Never Trust a Corporation to Do a Library’s Job

Andy Baio (via Rich Siegel):

For years, Google’s mission included the preservation of the past.

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In the last five years, starting around 2010, the shifting priorities of Google’s management left these archival projects in limbo, or abandoned entirely.

After a series of redesigns, Google Groups is effectively dead for research purposes. The archives, while still online, have no means of searching by date.

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The desire to preserve the past died along with 20% time, Google Labs, and the spirit of haphazard experimentation.

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