I’m always a bit crestfallen when I go back to some sites I used to visit or sites I have posted on to find that links, especially links for images, no longer work. Sometimes the sites are gone altogether; sometimes just some links are broken. Most often, it’s links to images that no longer work. Of course, image files are somewhat large; large equals bandwidth/storage and bandwidth/storage equals expense. But on the other hand, videos abound and they are very much larger.
I’ve been posting using embedded linked images, both for quotes, and as links to material located elsewhere on the internet. Many of the embedded links have been to images, documents, or images of documents hosted on google sites.
To date, google has been reliable. However, the recent crippling ‘improvements’ made to google, coupled with the recent foiled attacks on the internet itself (SOPA, PIPA) have led me to the realization that these embedded linked images could be ‘pulled’ or otherwise rendered unavailable at any moment.
That these crippling ‘improvements’ seem to be increasing in both frequency and intensity despite their obvious lack of utility has led me to reconsider reliance on embedded linked images.
These embedded linked images are convenient and look good, but maybe it’s time to consider the danger of relying too heavily on them.
Have others had thoughts along these lines?