#Fail: MySpace Loses Years Of Content In Botched Server Migration

MySpace? What’s that you ask? Well, for those of us who have been around for a while, MySpace was the social network to be on. This was long before Twitter and Facebook to give you an idea of how long ago it was. I had completely forgotten about them until this story popped up where MySpace tried to do a server migration, but…..

Myspace, the once mighty social network, has lost every single piece of content uploaded to its site before 2016, including millions of songs, photos and videos with no other home on the internet.

The company is blaming a faulty server migration for the mass deletion, which appears to have happened more than a year ago, when the first reports appeared of users unable to access older content. The company has confirmed to online archivists that music has been lost permanently, dashing hopes that a backup could be used to permanently protect the collection for future generations.

More than 50m tracks from 14 million artists have been lost, including songs that led to the rise of the “Myspace Generation” cohort of artists, such as Lily Allen, Arctic Monkeys and Yeasayer. As well as music, the site has also accidentally deleted pictures and videos stored on its servers.

Okay. Let’s be clear on one thing. MySpace to a huge degree is a footnote in the history of the Internet at this point. But the fact that years and years of history appears to be gone is just mind blowing. I cannot imagine how a project like a server migration would not have backup plans in place to ensure that content didn’t go into the ether forever. And for that reason, rumors have circulated that this was no accident. I’m not going to go down the conspiracy theory path. Instead, I would say that if you have content on any social network and you want to ensure that you always have a copy, you should back it up. A lot of social networks have this option and you should look into what you have available to you you.

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