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Hany SalahEldeen recently measured the availability of social media resources documenting the Egyptian Revolution one year after their intial sharing.

He found a surprising 10% of those resources were missing, primarily consisting of images and videos uploaded by individual users. Although link rot is a well-established concept in the web archiving community, the loss of these popular and historically important resources has resonated with the general web community, highlighting the need for better archiving of social media.

More information can be found in the following links:
Web Science and Digital Libraries Research Group Blog
The Atlantic News Site