This is a culmination of my too many interests. It's is an in-between place. It's more focused than my Myspace blog, but less so than my author blog. Here you can find artwork, photography, writing, poetry, book covers, manga and pointless videos. All of these things mesh together to become a reflection of their creator in an in-between place colored like shadows and flavored like frappuccinos and chocolate. It's one heck of a world.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Explaining Google Caching

I had another blog to post, but it seems there is ignorance running rife in the MySpace community - okay, no, there is one person who I have long wearied of dealing with, who can not seem to grasp the concept of a cache. As such, I thought that I would take a moment to explain caching to the world at large.

When Google crawls the web and indexes webpages, it takes snapshots - or pictures - of the page as it appears at exactly that day at that moment, then it saves them to google's servers.

What does this mean? It means when you click on the Cache link, you get to see that snapshot - even if the page of has been deleted or changed, you will get to see what it looked like on the cache day. In order to see the real, newest, updated version you have to click on the link in the header.

So let's say you have a website - moronsabound.com - and then one day you delete that site. If google has cached it then people can still view a "picture" version of it for the next SIX MONTHS and there is nothing you can do about it because this picture of the site is on Google's servers. You have deleted your website, you have removed the content from your servers, you might have even sold the domain to someone else, but google has the picture of it and will continue to display it in web searches.

It's the same thing as if your friend took a screen capture of your moronsabound.com and posted the picture. Just because you delete your site doesn't mean you deleted his picture. You can't log into his servers and take it down.

So what if google has a chached image of a website you don't want anyone to see? I don't know. I'm not google. Maybe you can contact them, but I doubt you'll get anywhere.

Thank you.

This has been a public service announcement brought to you by Jo and influenced by someone who is too lazy to read the headline on the google cache page.  For your convenience, a screen capture of said heading follows:

screencap

and if you click the link for the CURRENT PAGE this is what you get:

screencap 2

Yeah. no page there. I don't own google, I can't deleted googles cache images. There's nothing else I can do


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