50million+ – that’s potentially how many songs have been ‘lost’ during a MySpace server migration. Have you been affected? Do you have a disaster recovery plan for your personal files? And just what will you do without the soundtrack to that part of your life?!
Over the past week news has emerged about a huge data loss at MySpace.
MySpace was a platform for early adopters of social media. It was created in 2003 and became an internet phenomenon during the mid-noughties, with hundreds of millions of users. It morphed into the place to share new music, with artists such as Lily Allen and the Arctic Monkeys being discovered there.
MySpace was sold to NewsCorp in 2005 for £332million but its popularity began to be eclipsed by Facebook and Twitter. Six years later it was sold again for a (rumoured) mere £22 million. Its popularity continued to decline, and there were reports over the last year or so of problems accessing music uploaded before 2015. Although no longer regarded as a major site, it is still viewed, however, as an important archive of music and photographs, and a history of early social media interactions.
So it came as a shock to many people to log in and find the message: ‘As a result of a server migration project, any photos, videos and audio files you uploaded more than three years ago may no longer be available on or from MySpace. We apologize for the inconvenience’.
So, is that it? That important repository of social and personal memory, vanished?
Server migrations of any size present a risk as even the simplest can run into problems, and consequences for your business can be huge. It’s important to ensure you have the right skills and processes in place before starting a migration. Whatever the reason for MySpace’s data loss – whether accidental or cynical – the message is the same.
Back. Up. Your. Data.
At Restore Records Management we can provide magnetic tape or cloud based systems to take away the stress of backing up your company’s data. Take a look at our brochures or give one of our specialist teams a call on 0333 060 3230 to chat through how we can help you secure your disaster recovery plan.
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