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There are a few services which offer thumbnails for outgoing links.

I'm looking for a service which will archive a copy of a website snapshot.

Sometimes I'll find old blog posts full of outgoing links which doesn't work anymore, it would be nice to have a service kick in instead and show how that page looked when the author originally linked to it.

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Are you looking for something that you can trigger to create the snapshot (ie, you find a useful blog post, and instead of simply bookmarking it, you trigger an archive)? Or are you looking for something to refer to when you find a blog post with a link that claims to solve your problem, but the link is dead? –  pkaeding Oct 27 '10 at 22:47
    
When I write a blog post, I want a service that will allow me to snapshot my outgoing links, so my blog post has valid links (at least screen shots) 10 years from now –  Yona Oct 28 '10 at 14:39

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One (partial solution) is using the Memento protocol to retrieve old versions of documents given the URL. There exist a couple of tools, including a MementoFox extension, to operate on archived versions of pages/files.

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This site claims to do so

BackupURL

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Not sure if this answers your questions completely because the links will still be dead. This site only takes a snapshot of the text. The images and links are simply copied. –  schmoe76 Oct 27 '10 at 22:02
    
Interesting, but falls short of what I had in mind. I mostly want a hi-res picture of the site, in case the site closes, I'll still be able to see what I linked to. –  Yona Oct 28 '10 at 14:44
    
There are several browser add-ons for taking website snapshots that offer off site hosting. Fireshot - screenshot-program.com/fireshot - works with Firefox and IE. Zotero - zotero.org - works with Firefox. And screenshot - addons.mozilla.org/af/firefox/addon/14922 - works with Firefox/. –  schmoe76 Oct 29 '10 at 17:05

Try the Internet Archive Wayback Machine which has archived over 150 billion web pages from 1996 to a few months ago. Most sites if not all on the sites on the Web are archived at intervals.

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