Millions of tweets, Facebook status updates and even a blog about a bus shelter in the Shetlands are to be preserved for the nation. The British Library and four other legal deposit libraries have the right to collect and store everything published online in the UK. Around a billion pages a year will be available for research.
The archive will cover 4.8 million websites and will include magazines, books and academic journals as well as alternative sources of literature, news and comment such as Mumsnet, the Beano online, Stephen Hawking's website, and the unofficial armed forces' bulletin board, ARRSE.
The British Library is also asking for advice from the public as to which websites should be preserved to give an accurate picture to future generations. As part of the launch of the process, the British Library has commissioned a survey of the top 100 websites that ought to be preserved for historians and researchers. Among the sites recommended to keep material from are eBay, Facebook, Twitter, Tripadvisor and Rightmove.
1. Pride and Prejudice: Jane Austen
2. To Kill a Mockingbird: Harper Lee
3. Harry Potter series: JK Rowling
4. Wuthering Heights: Emily Bronte
5. Jane Eyre: Charlotte Bronte
6. Nineteen Eighty-Four: George Orwell
7. The Lord of the Rings series: JRR Tolkien
8. The Book Thief: Markus Zusak
9. The Hobbit: JRR Tolkien
10. The Great Gatsby: F Scott Fitzgerald
11.. The Kite Runner: Khaled Hosseini
12. The Hunger Games series: Suzanne Collins
13. The Time Traveler's Wife: Audrey Niffenegger
14. The Chronicles of Narnia series CS Lewis
15. Of Mice and Men: John Steinbeck
16. Birdsong: Sebastian Faulks
17. His Dark Materials series: Philip Pullman
18. The Gruffalo: Julia Donaldson+ Axel Scheffler
19. The Catcher in the Rye: JD Salinger
20. Life of Pi: Yann Martel
I take a small amount of hope from the newly released books like The Time Traveler's Wife and the Harry Potter series. Even if my blog doesn't rate saving for the nation, at least my novels stand a chance.