Hey there, Admin of the Internet Archive Mastodon here. I've seen some people speculate/rumor that the Archive's mastodon instance is set up to be an involuntary vacuum spot for all toots passing back into the Wayback, and it is NOT that. Any archiving of toots would be some other project (and outside my knowledge) but the Internet Archive Mastodon is just another instance, doing the mastodon thing. Communicate with us at will.
@graf That post needs a little more citation and details for me to even have an answer beyond "To the best of my knowledge, the Internet Archive does not wipe out Wrong Think Books"
@textfiles that’s just what someone from an indiscriminate “involuntary internet vacuum spot” would say
@textfiles glad you are here.
I'm a supporter of your work and a huge fan of the archives of old audio recordings.
@textfiles But if you do suck up everything, please consider building a search engine as well :) One thing I'm missing while trying to get off twitter is finding people who like the narrow field I'm in.
@textfiles thanks. Folks are way overthinking. Appreciate the clarity, also even if y’all did index, it wouldn’t make me personally sad or bothered.
@textfiles I’m glad to see everybody from IA here. I suppose I need to read more textfiles of a good vintage when time permits.
@textfiles Why did you remove @taylorlorenz twitter account from your service? Almost everyone has run into the internet archive at some point, it's a useful service, but requires that we can trust you. I'm disappointed that you caved in to the social media cancel culture and censors that don't want us to remember the past.
@textfiles Will the wonderful Internet Archive ever, ever, EVER have a working ios app again? Gone but not forgotten
@textfiles I'm appreciating the irony here, and hope that any speculation of third parties becoming "vacuum spots" serves as a kick for developers to implement workable access controls for toots.
it's one thing to assume that good-faith actors will respect the wishes of a community, but we're definitely in the timeline of an internet that's filled with bad actors backed up by multinational corporations and nation states.
@textfiles yo, you all do such big work in keeping the most powerful thing humans have - information - free and accessible to all.
Thank you so much!
@alynna I'm debating the pros and cons of it - the virtual server we allocated was choking up for a bit and I was waiting to see how well resources are before adding more.
@textfiles Where can someone find The Internet Archive’s policy on collecting public data from social media sites such as Twitter and Mastodon in general?
@textfiles really wish it was though 😂
Love what y'all do
Seriously some kind of opt-in archival / search project would be incredible.
A Mastodon Server for Internet Archive employees and Role Accounts (Announcements)