Think of it as the Library of Alexandria burning.
This is just a tiny example:
An e-mail sent Tuesday to registered [Friendster] users told them to expect “a new and improved Friendster site in the coming weeks.” It also warned them that their existing account profile, photos, messages, blog posts and more will be deleted on May 31. A basic profile and friends list will be preserved for each user.
That’s what’ll become of most of what we’ve written; no letters bound with a red ribbon in the attic, no diaries in a trunk in the basement. Blog posts, pictures, and all, will vanish.
Can you find the archives of the SFRT on GEnie, back from the day? The stories, the essays, the discussion? Where can you read the messages from the Speculations Rumor Mill?