Ghosts of the Internet

Jan 10, 2012 by
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The Internet is filled with ghosts. There are graveyards on the Internet not unlike what we have in physical life: abandoned blogs, discontinued websites, dead links. Mostly these sites are abandoned out of disinterest. However, sometimes the individual has died.

 

What happens to a blog after the blogger dies? A paid hosting service will deactivate an account when payment eventually ceases. What about free services?

 

There the voices of the dead may linger a very long time. Some blogging services may deactivate an account after a period of no activity. Other blogs may last as long as the blogging service exists.

 

If family members don’t know the password, they may be unable to update it and let people know. A ghost blog may linger frozen in time as a testament to an individual’s life. Could it last for centuries?

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