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How to View Broken URL Links With the Wayback Machine on Chrome

Oyetoke Tobi - Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Do you know that you can easily check/view broken url links using the Wayback Machine on Chrome?

You must have probably heard about The Internet Archive if you are techy person or normally use the internet to a lot of things. It’s actually a dusty place on the web where all digital artifacts are kept. It’s an accumulation of knowledge that makes up our digital experience.

The Wayback Machine web crawlers collect data from all crooks and corners of the web to build an historical compilation that can be browse for free anytime. It can also be used to check how a website looks in the past. So if you use Wayback Machine a lot to check how websites looks in the past or archived version a dead url links, then you will also like what the Wayback Machine Chrome extension can do on your Chrome.

The Wayback Machine Chrome extension helps to detect dead web pages and provides you the choice to view an archived version of the page.

A website with a 404 error or a Page Not Found message can be very annoying and frustrating. The best solution to this is a fairly dated but still relevant version of the webpage. The extension simply checks the Wayback Machine to see if there is anything relating to the broken link in its archives. If there is anything related to it on Wayback Machine, you’ll be prompted to click and view the most recently archived version.

This is a great way to preserved historical artifacts on the web. The importance of preserving these chunks of digital gold dust cannot be exaggerated. The Wayback Machine Chrome extension helps to avoid the escape of knowledge through link rot and other common web breakdowns or errors.

The Director of The Wayback Machine at the Internet Archive, Mark Graham says in the introductory blog post that:

“For the past 20 years, the Internet Archive has recorded and preserved webpages, and hundreds of billions of them are available via the Wayback Machine. This is good because we are learning the web is fragile and ephemeral.”

So if you are having trouble with a broken link and you need an information from the website, you can use the Wayback Machine chrome extension to check the archived version of the site.

Head over to this link, download and install the extension. Then you can try it out with this test URL to check if it’s working well. Or just visit the broken link you are trying to accessed the archived version.  

That’s all. You can comment in the comment section below if it works well for you and whether it also adds another feather to the usability of The internet Archive and The Wayback Machine on your Chrome.



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