I'm a Christian, a designer, and a gadget fan who lives in Cheltenham, UK.

This is my blog, a creative outlet to mess around and play with as well as a place that logs my thoughts and inspirations.

A Fragile Net

I’ve noticed, thanks to Mint, that I get quite a few hits for one par­tic­u­lar Google search. Actu­al­ly it’s a Google image search and well it’s a rather unusu­al one as well. Back when the Lon­don 2012 Olympic com­mit­tee announced the logo for the games, I wrote a piece about it and com­pared it to a few oth­er recent Olympic logos.

At the time I did­n’t think much of it and to be hon­est I’ve only recent­ly noticed that the post seems to get a lot of hits. So tonight I decid­ed it was high time I checked out this Google search. It was a good job I did as well, the post was large­ly bro­ken, and I guess when I had an inci­dent with my last upgrade it was­n’t just the plu­g­ins and themes that got lost but also some images I was host­ing. I’ve now fixed this and all seems well again, so peo­ple will be able to find the images they need.

This whole event did get me think­ing. It’s amaz­ing how just a few words or images can be caught by the giant that is Google. It’s even more inter­est­ing how depen­dent some­things on the inter­net are on host­ing and a users will­ing­ness to leave things where they are. We think of the inter­net as a place where every­thing is going to work and all things will exist for­ev­er, but real­ly it’s quite a frag­ile place. Things change quick­ly and some­times at a fright­en­ing pace, so much so that a sim­ple upgrade process can result in a lost image and boom, some­one turns up a fruit­less search because the own­er did­n’t realise that was lost as well.

Edit: I’m aware the foot­er of that post is slight­ly mis-aligned. I don’t quite know why and will hope­ful­ly fix this at the weekend!