The Wayback Machine or archive.org served a good purpose. In its early years it tried to keep a copy of many pages from websites great and small. People who inadvertently deleted their website were able to recover some of the content through it. More recently (five years ago, not five weeks), it couldn’t cope with the quantity of pages and people complained when it hadn’t indexed their pages. Many SEOs blocked its spider from their sites.
When I checked some well-known sites, I was surprised that they hadn’t been archived for some years:
The site mentions a “new” beta site waybackmachine.org but even there the last copy of microsoft.com is dated 27 July 2010. netmagellan.com was last indexed on 3 Jan 2010. whitehouse.gov on 24 Jul 2010.
Looks like the Wayback Machine died in 2010. I can’t find any article about its demise. OK, someone might find a page archived in 2011, but it effectively died when it stopped archiving important sites.
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