Rotten Links Hamper Learning. Thousands of Web pages disappear regularly despite the ongoing growth of the Internet. Researchers say ‘link rot’ is a serious problem that could hinder online as well as offline courses. By Kendra Mayfield and Katie Dean. [Wired News]
Somebody should tell the researchers (and the authors, for that matter) about InfoMinder and Archive.org. InfoMinder will monitor any URL for you and tell you when they “rot”, and Archive.org will show you the pages as they used to exist. This is a non-issue.
Just for kicks, check out Userland’s first recorded web site (4/17/97). Archive.org’s “Way Back Machine” is as addictive as web sites get. Go on – try it. You know you want to.