Andy Baio
Andy Baio
Jan 28, 2015 · 6 min read

As Google abandons its past, Internet archivists step in to save our collective memory


“Google’s mission is to organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful.”

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





Title screen from 1988's Neuromancer. Soundtrack by Devo. Yes, really.



Universal access to all knowledge.

The Internet Archive is not Google.

I played Solitaire while I waited for Trumpet Winsock to connect to the Internet. In a Chrome tab.
Title screen from Abandoned Places: A Time for Heroes, an RPG from 1993 I’ve never heard of, but started playing within ten seconds of seeing the title for the first time.

The Message

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Thanks to Jessamyn West.

Andy Baio

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Andy Baio

I make web stuff. @waxy, @xoxo, @upcomingorg, @playfic, @supercutorg, Kind of Bloop. Helped build @kickstarter. P.S. I love you.

The Message

A Pandaemonium Revolver Collection. Season 2 stars @anildash @alanalevinson @ftrain @hipstercrite @itsthebrandi @jamielaurenkeiles @vijithassar @yungrama @zeynep. Season 1 available on DVD shortly.