One of the things we at The LAMP stress when it comes to a healthy and enriching experience on the Internet is the permanence of things we say and do online. If you say on your blog in 2001(the last year the Avs won the Stanley Cup) that you can’t stand the Colorado Avalanche, it’s likely that someone in 2008 could find this even though you’ve come to your senses by declaring your allegiance to the BEST HOCKEY TEAM IN THE WORLD on your blog.
To illustrate this point, I’d like to point you over to Google’s 10th birthday celebration. By typing in “Colorado Avalanche”, the first entry that comes up is the hockey team’s official website. What Google is allowing you to do is see what it looked like back in 2001 (the farthest their most complete index of the Internet goes). By clicking on the View old version on the Internet Archive, it takes you to the webpage as it looked in 2001 at this time of year. And look! The Avalanche are the Stanley Cup Champions again, just like that!
In all seriousness, what this means is that there are hundreds and thousands of copies made of the Internet (aka indexes) by Google and many other organizations and people. So the next time you think to speak poorly online about the finest run hockey club around, you should remember, it’s nearly impossible to take it back.