Ghost Sites of the Web

Web 1.0 history, forgotten web celebrities, old web sites, commentary, and news by Steve Baldwin. Published erratically since 1996.

May 15, 2005

The Internet Extinction Equation

Does the equation X = X0*e(-0.013 * m) mean anything to you?

Well, it didn't to me, until I came across a fascinating study that successfully quantifying the speed at which live Web sites become ghost sites using a control group of some 515 distributed science resources associated with a biochemistry course.

The skinny? Science-oriented Web resources last about 55 months. Domains with .com suffixes die signficantly faster than .edu's, and .org's have the longest lives of all.

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