Just as the hoarders in the world have to get rid of their undesirables, so do media sites. Data should be saved in a manner that is appropriate to the situation. Google doesn’t need to save everything that has ever been searched. A limit of storing maybe a year’s worth of searches is suffice…maybe even less. Telephone companies don’t need to store every phone call and text that has ever been sent. Online stores don’t need to keep track of every purchase ever made. Its ridiculous!
I think we can all come to the conclusion that data storage should be limited…unless you truly think your search for the Sasquatch in your backyard from ten years ago is crucially important today, then maybe you should reevaluate yourself. People are human and need to be able to forget certain aspects of their life. Strangers need to be able to say hi for the first time without knowing every fact about each other. Grandparents need to be able to tell their grandkids stories of the past without their grandkids being able to look it up on google. I, for one, need to be able to do normal human things, and if that means forgetting something here and there, I am perfectly okay with that. The human mind isn’t meant to be perfect in memory so neither should search engines and websites. “The advantage of forgetting is that one enjoys several times the same good things for the first time.” Friedrich Nietzsche