They Say What is on The Internet is There Forever

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Real Estate Agent with GreatWest Realty DRE# 00827565

They say what is on the Internet is there forever. However, that ain't necessarily so!  For example, a few mornings ago, I had cause to revisit an old blog post I had written about ten years ago.  Alas, the photo associated with it was absent!  That gave reason to check several other older blog posts from my early days here on ActiveRain.  They too were missing in action. 

In my early blogging days, I often referenced photos and graphics I had stored on my web domain, rather than upload them to the ActiveRain Photo Library.  And, recently, GoDaddy, my web hosting provider had migrated my website to another server since the old platform was no longer going to be supported.  Apparently, the migration left a little to be desired, and content which had been referenced on my web domains, was missing in action.  

Early this morning, with a few minutes of conversation with GoDaddy's support, I was fortunately able to have everything properly restored, so the photo links are working once again. However, the momentary stress brought to mind the inaccuracy of believing everything on the internet is there forever.  In truth, it is only there as long as the platform it is stored on remains.  OR, it is restored because it had been copied and stored elsewhere.  

It is important to understand the importance of archiving important photos, blog posts, etc., in places other than the cloud, etc.  I have an external hard drive that I back up to.  Although I didn't require it to restore the photos linked to on my past blogs, I'm glad I had it, should it have been required.

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Rainmaker
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Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

I have Godaddy and I have been with them since Christ was a Corporal... and with that said I am very disgruntled... they provide my email and they scammed me into migrating from Secure-server to Office 365 and it has been nothing but pain and dissatisfaction... so it is not the Internet it is the various platforms, Endre

Jun 11, 2019 10:39 PM #1
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Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

Endre Barath, Jr. - I'm sorry for your sad experience.  Unfortunately, when we think about it, the Internet runs on a variety of platforms which are interconnected via protocols.  

Jun 12, 2019 02:21 AM #2
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Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thanks, Myrl, for sharing your experience.

Many of the photographs in my previous posts have disappeared. 

Jun 12, 2019 03:38 AM #3
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Kat Palmiotti
Grand Lux Realty, Monroe NY, 914-419-0270, kat@thehousekat.com - Monroe, NY
The House Kat

I agree that everything needs to be archived, because sometimes things do disappear!

Jun 12, 2019 03:40 AM #4
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Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team

Good morning, Myrl Jeffcoat much of this is beyond my paygrade.... I try to keep everything as simple as possible online.... thankfully my main source is offline....

Jun 12, 2019 03:43 AM #5
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Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Myrl - I imagine that this experience may have caused some frustration,  Glad to hear you were able to resolve the issue.  

Jun 12, 2019 05:51 AM #6
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Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning Myrl. I think you are wise and this isvery interesting. Want, oh no, need it, save it yourself.

Jun 12, 2019 06:32 AM #7
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Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

You make some good points especially about back up. I back up to two external drive systems as well as cloud storage.

Jun 12, 2019 06:53 AM #8
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Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Myrl

We have had absolutely wonderful experiences with GoDaddy support...

Endre Barath, Jr. we have been on their platform with our mail, and the support has been terrific.  I would suggest that you try again and tell them of your terrible experience.  There is always at least one idiot in every company that does not care to take care of the customer.  A

Jun 12, 2019 08:37 AM #9
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Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

Roy Kelley - For the most part, I only noticed pictures I had stored elsewhere and then linked to that have disappeared from ActiveRain.  However, when they wnet through that re-formatting exercise a few years ago, I noticed that many of my old blogs had pictures diminish in size, and font change. 

Kat Palmiotti - Yes, they do disappear.  Does anyone remenber "MySpace"?  It was the precursor to Facebook. 

Barbara Todaro - Simplicity is a good game plan.  Everything in one place on-line, but backed up, in case you want to revisit your content, should a platform go away. 

Michael Jacobs - Over the years, I have considered myself lucky.  Backups are key!

Jun 12, 2019 11:45 AM #10
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Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

Sheila Anderson - One thing I might add is sometimes folks think that if it is on their personal computer, it is backed up.  Technically that is true.  However, if your computer crashes, what then.  I hate to admit the number of CDs I burned over the years.  Then I converted the CD files to external harddrives and even thumb drives.  

Joe Pryor - It sounds like you are pretty secure in your archiving. 

Ron and Alexandra Seigel - I've been with GoDaddy for over 20 years, and have been really content with them too.  The only thing I would have had them reconsider was when they stopped supporting Front Page extensions.  I sued that application to create many webs over the years.

Jun 12, 2019 11:50 AM #11
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Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Hi again Myrl. I used to have a Dell that I paid dearly for. There was a glitch and their technical support person crashed my computer. It was a long process but I sued them and eventually prevailed. I wouldn't use a Dell now if you paid me too. Getting the memory back cost me almost 2K but there is a place that works on government computers that got me back. Now I am on a Mac and back up regularly

Jun 12, 2019 12:01 PM #12
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Lottie Kendall
Compass - San Francisco, CA
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What an unpleasant surprise, Myrl. You dealt with it in an admirable fashion; glad you were successful.

Jun 12, 2019 12:33 PM #13
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Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Good Wednesday evening, Myrl.

I hope you are having an outstanding week.

Jun 12, 2019 03:40 PM #14
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Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
RE/MAX Northwest. - Tacoma, WA
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It seems that some things will get buried by time and the search will become harder. AI or  artificial intelligence will be the problem or blessing of people in the future, Myrl Jeffcoat.

Jun 14, 2019 09:36 AM #15
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