Web Decay Graph

Tim Bray:

I’ve been writing this blog since 2003 and in that time have laid down, along with way over a million words, 12,373 hyperlinks. I’ve noticed that when something leads me back to an old piece, the links are broken disappointingly often. So I made a little graph of their decay over the last 144 months.

It’s absolutely depressing how many of the links from the early years of Daring Fireball now point to 404’s. I’ve long thought about hiring someone to go through my archive and try to fix all those broken links by updating them to point to the Internet Archive’s cache of their contents.

Monday, 1 June 2015