Our disappearing web

Garret McMahon is right. He looked at the just-put-up “old Google” from 2001 (lots of fun to do searches and see what Google looked like back then, that index was done just a few days after I started blogging) and he noticed that lots of things that were on the Web back then are gone.

My blog, for instance, is gone for the first year and a half.

Funny, just the other night I met Internet Archive’s Brewster Kahle who was flying home on the plane I was on. We talked about this issue and he said it is troubling but that they are trying to catch a lot more now. He invited me over to meet the team, which we’ll do soon. I also visited the Library of Congress a couple of weeks ago and talked with some of their top archivists. They told me story after story of human knowledge and historical documents from our lifetimes that were destroyed. Heck, the Library of Congress itself has been destroyed by fire twice. I visited Thomas Jefferson’s library which was sold to the Library to get it started again after a fire wiped out its collections. Then, later, another fire wiped out a good chunk of his collection again.

I seriously doubt these words will survive 100 years. What about you?

This is one contest I don't care if I lose

Go help Kara Swisher win. She runs the “D Conference” and deserves to win just because she used one of my naked pictures. :-)

Or, go help Fred Wilson win. He’s a famous VC and he should win hands down, like he did last year.

Why don’t I care if I lose?

Because this “DonorsChoose program” is a contest to raise money for classroom supplies and other things that help kids out. Fortune blogs has the details.

I am starting out with $100. I think I’ll split it between Kara and Fred — it’ll brighten Kara’s day to beat me too, so I’ll get a double-dose of fun by doing that. So, help me lose this contest and help the kids win!