If you are a Greensboro Daily Photo regular reader, you know we have been publishing for a very long time-- 7 1/2 years, without missing a day. Well, the woman who runs Versailles Daily Photo is on vacation in Scotland and posted a photo of the above breed of cattle, kyloe. We went to find the photo we posted on March 30th, 2009 of the herd that lives off of Pleasant Ridge Road. While the text is still there, the photo is missing. Here is another copy of the photo to to share with our friend from Versailles.
This situation reminds us that nothing on the internet is forever. While it can seem like forever, especially if it is an incriminating photo, link rot is real and things do disappear. Servers change, people quit hosting their blogs, hosting websites change hands or go out of business. Sometimes, links get corrupted. We haven't been the best about archiving our photos or the accompanying text. We haven't found a logical way to store 80,000 photos, 2,000+ of which have been shared on Greensboro Daily Photo. But then, maybe that doesn't matter. We live in very "immediate" world where we look and move on. People want flash text-- every letter counts and 140 is enough. Maybe seeing something for that brief moment, once, is enough. We'll have to think on that.
In the meantime, today you are seeing a 2009 photo of a fold of kilos who have thick, wavy pelts to protect them from the brutal winds of the Scottish, Highlands. We're about to get in the car and retrace our steps to see if this herd-- rather fold-- is still around seven years later. Not only do virtual links disappear, real-time things (especially farms in Greensboro) have a way of disappearing, too.