Posted by: Government & Heritage Library | May 14, 2010

Digital Preservation Quick Tip: Your Internet presence needs preservation, too!

A report released in September 2009 by the Pew Internet & American Life Project states that 47% of online adults and 73% of online teens use some sort of social networking website.  If you’re one of these people, you may want to consider making sure your internet activity is preserved.  There’s no guarantee that the social networking sites we use today will be around forever.  Software programs and services like Backupify and BackupMyTweets can help you save content you post to Facebook, Twitter, or a blog.

If you own or are in charge of a website that you’d like the Internet Archive to collect and save, be sure to include the following in a robots.txt file.

User Agent: archive.org_bot


The robots.txt file lets the Internet Archive know that it’s okay for them to save your site and make it available through the Wayback Machine.

If you’re a state agency employee using social networking sites as part of your employment with the state of North Carolina, be sure to comply with the state’s social media guidelines by modifying your privacy settings so that everyone can view your content.  Also, state agency websites should include the robots.txt file mentioned above.  Regardless of where you work, it’s important to think about preserving your internet presence!


  1. Excellent tip! You are providing a great service alerting people about preserving their personal digital information. Please keep up the good work.

    Another source of information about keeping web-based information is the Library of Congress personal archiving website,

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