For all that Yahoo! completely screwed up and deleted Geocities, my Flickr photo stream is still there and works as well as it did in 2005. Not a single URL has broken, not a single image is missing.
I’ve read the stories of how upcoming.org, del.icio.us, and other companies were acquired, languished, and died. And Flickr’s persistence has led to its fall from grace as the most obvious place to share photos online.
But compared to technologies absorbed by Google, Facebook, and Twitter, that doesn’t seem so bad. Anyone here use Stikkit? How about dodgeball? Jotspot? Socialtext?
Use IFTTT —while it lasts— to archive your blog as you write it. Make multiple connections to the people you care about. Stay in touch. This, too, shall pass.
“Fake realities will create fake humans. Or, fake humans will generate fake realities and then sell them to other humans, turning them, eventually, into forgeries of themselves. So we wind up with fake humans inventing fake realities and then peddling them to other fake humans.” - Philip K Dick (predicting, perhaps, the market for Twitter Non-People…)
The intersection of archive art and algorithmic art would perhaps be a sort of machine learning art; using algorithms paired to digital archives or data sets taken from the ‘real world’ to create a new hybrid culture that is neither nostalgic nor completely alien.