Internet historians Mourn the loss of The Cultural record, As Yahoo is Preparing To Delete groups
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Yahoo Groups was once a place where people came to find out what was happening in their communities. Then Facebook, Tumblr, and other sites came up, which overhauled the Yahoo groups. So earlier this fall, Verizon, which is now Yahoo has announced it will delete the Archive from any Yahoo group. This was supposed to happen this coming Saturday, but Verizon has just announced the deadline is extended until the next month. NPR’s Neda Ulaby reports, the Internet, historians and activists crawl.
NEDA ULABY, BYLINE: Stephanie Godden sees these archives as an irreplaceable repository of the human connection to a time when a large number of people for the first time, have formed groups online.
STEPHANIE GODDEN: Craft groups, groups organized to disabilities, activist groups of various kinds, education and learning, groups of amateur astronomers.
ULABY: And fan-fiction writers like Godden. Now she is volunteering with a digital culture non-Profit organization for Transformative works. Your goal is the preservation of the archives of the Yahoo groups a window into the early days of the Internet. Yahoo began the groups of features in 2001, and from decade to end, there are 10 million groups, and more than a hundred million users were<./p>
Anirvan Chatterjee has spent the plugs all of his free time to frantically back up to.
ANIRVAN CHATTERJEE: For me, it was really shocking. It felt like someone went in my life, in my history, my community, stories, and just hitting the “delete”button.
ULABY: Chatterjee works in the tech industry in the San Francisco Bay Area, and he takes care of the immigrant story. He says he’s identified, thousands of Yahoo Groups that tell stories about South Asian Americans during the early 2000s.
CHATTERJEE: people were, like, trying to construct a Hindu temple, Muslim community members, the talk, oh my God, what happened right after 9/11? And how will we respond? How do we pull together as a community? How do we lead the inter-religious work?
ULABY: And what is with the groups no one is interested today, Chatterjee miracle, but could be of historical importance later on? Amateur archivists, as Chatterjee and Godden have a litany of complaints, but Verizon says that the preservation of the archives, the stress on their resources. In a statement to NPR, the company says, it is the extension of the deadline, but it is focusing now on the premium content, such as Yahoo Finance.
SHELLY PALMER: That seems short-sighted in the extreme.
ULABY: This is a technology consultant Shelly Palmer. He compares the disappearance of the Yahoo-Groups-Archive with the burning of the library in Alexandria.
PALMER: There are so many things that are lost. And I don’t think a story is important, but the majority is what counts.
ULABY: A memory, said to be superior to Palmer, to whom we trust with the stories, conversations, and images that document our lives.
Neda Ulaby, NPR News.
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