The Countdown Begins... NOW.
January 1, 2009 3:18 PM   Subscribe

Who says nothing on the Web ever goes away? Make yourself a Disposable Webpage and it'll be gone in a maximum of 90 days (plus 2 weeks for some inexplicable reason).

Dumb idea? Poor execution? Or both? I welcome the inevitable snark.
posted by wendell (25 comments total) 3 users marked this as a favorite

 
Both. Also, great logo design.
posted by brundlefly at 3:22 PM on January 1, 2009


Neither. Terrible logo.
posted by stbalbach at 3:28 PM on January 1, 2009


I did the same thing with 1-time.org, although it doesn't explicitly say that your page is deleted after 90 days.
posted by Hypocrites at 3:28 PM on January 1, 2009


*eyes stbalbach warily*
posted by brundlefly at 3:31 PM on January 1, 2009


Is this the first Pepsi Blue of 2009?
posted by Joe Beese at 3:31 PM on January 1, 2009


I've often thought ALL webpages should come with an expiration date.
posted by cjorgensen at 3:43 PM on January 1, 2009


Execute poor, dumb brundlefly. Terrible logo.
posted by Beautiful Screaming Lady at 3:53 PM on January 1, 2009


Note: Please keep this site clean. No offensive or adult material allowed.
posted by box at 3:55 PM on January 1, 2009


This would be perfect for boingboing.
posted by stavrogin at 3:57 PM on January 1, 2009 [3 favorites]


Logo has all the best intentions. Bad execution. Fail.
posted by Thorzdad at 4:00 PM on January 1, 2009


But isn't the problem that any bit on the internet supposedly gets crawled over by dozens of search engines, archive sites, and caches? And let's not forget about plain old-fashioned downloading.

Internet porn actors and actresses can't always leave their past behind, not because hornyteenageringlasses.com is still online, but because there were enough other horny teenagers with glasses out there to save their freckled butt to their hard drives for future use.. whatever the use may be.
posted by self at 4:03 PM on January 1, 2009 [1 favorite]


brundlefly: "*eyes stbalbach warily*"

A fly of multiple eyes.
posted by stbalbach at 4:06 PM on January 1, 2009


This is perfect for an Impeach Bush application.
posted by dhartung at 4:13 PM on January 1, 2009 [1 favorite]


Execute poor, dumb brundlefly. Terrible logo.

Either your saracasm detector is broken or mine is.
posted by brundlefly at 5:47 PM on January 1, 2009


These pages vanish after three months??

Time to fill in a blanket preservation request with the Internet Archive, then....
posted by JHarris at 6:01 PM on January 1, 2009


I've often thought ALL webpages should come with an expiration date.

<META HTTP-EQUIV="EXPIRES" CONTENT="Thu, 01 Jan 2009 23:00:00 GMT">
posted by odinsdream at 6:24 PM on January 1, 2009 [1 favorite]


I think I'll make one and then put up an "Under Construction" .gif or something.
posted by Spatch at 7:03 PM on January 1, 2009


I love the list of things that they explain you can do with a disposable webpage - all of which you can do quite easily with Facebook.
posted by mightygodking at 7:10 PM on January 1, 2009


One day the entire web will consist of trivially customized mediawiki instances.
posted by George_Spiggott at 9:20 PM on January 1, 2009


They don't build web pages the way they used to. Now, back in my day, when they made a web page, they made it to last forever, none of this disposible junk the kids these days go for...
posted by Alexandra Kitty at 10:02 PM on January 1, 2009


When I got the e-mail that pownce was shutting down, I pretty much treated it like a time bomb twitter, assured that anything stupid I posted would be expunged around the same time the founders were cashing their checks.
posted by bertrandom at 12:27 AM on January 2, 2009


This will wendell end in 90 days.

sorry. I had to do that
posted by darkripper at 12:32 AM on January 2, 2009


Won't someone please think about the environment? Imagine the carbon emissions it takes to mine webspace in Ghana or Novosibirsk, process it, ship it across the world and deliver it to web hosting companies in the US. Anything that helps reuse scarce webspace is something we can all be grateful for.

disposablewebpage, Gaia thanks you.
posted by athenian at 1:29 AM on January 2, 2009


Anything that helps reuse scarce webspace is something we can all be grateful for.

Only for free-range web pages, I'd say.
posted by DreamerFi at 3:23 AM on January 2, 2009


Isn't 90 days twice as long as most blogs last? I don't get it.
posted by paddysat at 10:09 AM on January 2, 2009


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