Quick: Can you think of a picture of yourself on the internet from before 2010, other than your old Facebook photos?
Maybe some old sent emails in Gmail or old Gchats?
But there’s another, more minor theme to the decade: the gradual dismantling and dissolution of an older internet culture.
Hotlinking feels archaic now, but hotlinking with Photobucket hosting was used for posting to message boards, blogs, or even Amazon listings, leaving the old internet pockmarked with missing photos.
Xanga, however, deleted the old blogs of users who didn’t pay for a pro account (you could download your old 2004 emo blog) in 2013 and now still exists only for paid users.

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