Saturday, January 31, 2015

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.


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.


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

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