Why do references to dead social networks linger, and why don’t service providers quietly retire them for us?
Social networks come and go. Blogging platforms come and go. Someone tell Add This. While reading an article I clicked on their share buttons and the first button I saw was the now sadly defunct Posterous (I was a mega fan).
And while we’re at it isn’t it spelt Diigo not Digo? The dot com of the later looks like good ol domain squatting.
So, my next step of course was to go to the Add this website. And there on the left was a big Posterous button.
So this raises two points for me. What’s the point of using a widget to display these services on your site if the widget doesn’t help you manage the currency of the content? I mean, apart from the neat widget you may as well use individual embed codes if you have to know and manually update each service.
Secondly, its not only services like Add This that are guilty of displaying long dead web services. I notice that Google Buzz is still lingering on my G+ profile page waiting for me to manually remove it. It strangely points to a public directory on Drive with PDFs of past posts.
Hold on, while we’re at it poor old Google Reader is still there too.
Now you might say, it should be up to me to remove or edit these links on my profile. Maybe it is, but I also remember Google Notebook hanging around after its death on Google landing pages for ages.