Farewell to Backups: Google Abandons Cached Web Pages

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In an unexpected twist, cached web pages will no longer be backed up. This feature, known to many as a lifesaver for accessing websites that are not working properly or have changed, will be removed. Danny Sullivan, Google's "search liaison," recently confirmed this decision, noting how improved page loading has rendered this feature obsolete. As we plunge into the era of cost savings, Google takes a radical step in freeing up resources by eliminating the Internet cache.

Google, the Internet search giant, has decided to end the practice of backing up web pages in its cache. This feature, known to many as "cached links," allowed users to access previous versions of websites that may have changed or stopped working. Google confirmed this decision, explaining that the feature was no longer needed due to substantial improvements in loading web pages today and for us users it seems like good news.

 

Google: Cache links

 

Since December, some users have experienced intermittent disappearance of cached links, and currently, no trace of them is visible in Google Search. However, Google still allows you to create your own cached links by entering:

"https://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:"

followed by the website URL or by typing "cache:" followed by the URL in Google Search itself. Despite the removal of the feature, the cached version of some sites is still available for now.

The change marks a before and after in which Google stored essentially the entire Internet on its servers, amassing petabytes of data. The move aligns with the company's current cost-saving strategy, suggesting that removing data from the cache will free up valuable resources.

The cached links were not only useful for accessing websites with performance issues or rapid changes, but also provided unique insight into how Google's web crawler, known as "Google Bot," interprets the web. Over the years, these cached pages revealed the evolution of Google Bot from interpreting only text to understanding rich media and javascript.

 

The death of cached links has significant implications, especially for the Internet Archive, which will now take on an even greater burden in archiving and tracking changes to web pages around the world.

 

If you are like me, who likes to keep up to date with the best in technology and be updated on the web, I encourage you to come back here: I'm sure you'll be as surprised as I was!

See you next time, techies!

 

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