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In the last few months:
- Tumblr purged adult content (and a bunch of stuff it misindentified).
- Flickr purged free storage above a limit of 1000 photos/account.
- Myspace deleted 12 years' worth of music.

And Google+ only has two weeks left before Google pulls its plug.

Back up your accounts!

And if you can, consider donating to the Internet Archive. archive.org

I realize I didn't make this clear, but I mean back up ALL your social media accounts. Mastodon too.

I'm not trying to say that these four services are doomed and you should bail. I actually have more confidence in Flickr than I did a year ago!

It's that if you're not running the site yourself, you can't be sure they won't change business models, shut down, have their servers washed away in a flood, or lose everything to massive database corruption.

Request archives from all your accounts.

@KelsonV Dropbox has lowered its free limits and there have been rumours that tumblr has literally zero backups for any of its user content. Unless you've got a backup you can point to, you don't have a backup!

@KelsonV Agree with everything except Flickr. They have and always had a business model that provided unlimited storage and features for a monthly fee. Given the vast loads of ad- and tracking-paid "pseudo-free" services, we should support such models. 😉

@z428 I do agree that Flickr is more worth using that the tracking-based networks. I've been a paying subscriber for years and still participate there regularly. (I actually posted some new photos just yesterday!)

I imagine the fact that it's subscriber-supported probably makes it a better experience as well.

But it's still worth keeping your own backups!

@KelsonV Somewhere in a Russian mausoleum, Stalin's corpse popped a huge boner at all this purging.

@KelsonV if you can't donate, maybe you can help Archive Team - they are the group that crawls many websites, and uploads the results to the Internet Archive. They have open projects for all the above mentioned sites.

archiveteam.org/index.php?titl

@KelsonV If you use manyverse (mobile app for decentralized p2p securescuttlebutt protocol) this won't be a problem. The data is stored locally on your device, so it's already safe with you.

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