How to Use Google Cache to Find Deleted Content

As it tends to do, TechCrunch got yet another “breaking” scoop — this time about Facebook Deals based on an article in the New York Times. The news actually seems to have been embargoed and has since been deleted from nytimes.com, but TechCrunch cited the URL of the article anyway — http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/04/25/latest-rival-to-groupon-livingsocial-facebook-embargo-till-midnight (seriously, the URL included embargo-till-midnight). TechCrunch posted bits and pieces of the “breaking” news from the deleted article, but readers were left without the actual source.

If you know how to find a Web page that has been deleted using Google Cache, you can find virtually any post that gets taken down. By using the Google Cache, you can often find Web sites — including blog posts — that have been deleted, even if they were only live for a few hours. As long as Google indexed the page, it will appear in the Google Cache for some amount of time. To use the Google Cache to find deleted content, you can either use the address bar in Google Chrome or via Google.com. You will also need to know the original URL of the content that has since been deleted.

use google cache to find deleted blog postsUsing the address bar in Google Chrome, simply type in cache:URL, with the URL being the address of the deleted content. Don’t enter quotation marks or any spaces. For example, to find the deleted New York Times article mentioned above, you would type in cache:http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/04/25/latest-rival-to-groupon-livingsocial-facebook-embargo-till-midnight.

To use the Google Cache to find deleted content using google.com, type in the same thing in the search box: cache:URL.

Using Google Cache will usually yield the cached version of the deleted content, giving you access to the version of the Web site or blog just prior to deletion. And yes, this worked for the New York Times article about Facebook Deals. Searching the cache yields this cached version, which dishes out all the juicy details about Facebook’s competitive move against Groupon and Living Social, which is also now live at a new URL on nytimes.com.

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  • http://brbigs.posterous.com Brandon Bigelow

    What about instances where a user has a Macbook Pro, connected to an Apple LED Cinema Display where the Macbook is constantly plugged into power?
    I’d say that my 98% of my Macbook’s usage comes when it is in its Twelve South dock, in clamshell mode, plugged in to the charger via the Apple display.
    How would I go about becoming the ideal Apple user; ”a commuter who uses her notebook on the train, then plugs it in at the office to charge.”

    • http://brbigs.posterous.com Brandon Bigelow

      Just did some research on this topic…
      Found that just because the Magsafe is plugged into the Mac, doesn’t mean it’s charging the battery.

      About 1 hour after the Magsafe LED turns green, the battery stops charging. After that the Mac is powered just from the Magsafe. The battery is isolated from the system. If you leave the Mac like this, after a few days or weeks the charger will add a little top up charge to the battery.

      So leaving the Macbook plugged into the Magsafe is no different than simply unplugging it. The charger is very smart and will look after your battery as well as possible.

      Read the Apple article carefully. It does not say do this to keep the battery healthy. It says “The battery needs to be recalibrated to … keep the onscreen … display accurate and to keep the battery operating at maximum efficiency”

      Calibration is more about accurately estimating how much charge the battery can hold. It’s like having a car with an inaccurate gas gauge, and a tank whose size varies with time. The only way to really know how much gas the tank can hold is to empty it completely, and then fill it up noting how many gallons it takes.

      • Anonymous

        Had my battery replaced last Thursday(4-7-11). After 29 cycles in 2 years the 2nd battery had expanded again.Apple bar dudes said not to leave it plugged in all the times.I mentioned that i thought they were smart enough to stop/trickle charge, but home boy still said,”no, you shouldn’t leave them plugged in all the time”. Tried to hit me up for 99 bills, I said,”No! Way!.Free battery followed shortly.

  • http://www.facebook.com/ryanchapp Ryan Chapp

    hmm wounder if this would work for ustream like plug in the pc and use this as an amp thing that plays and does other sounds ect… kinda like a switch

  • Anonymous

    I would use it to create sounds for my next sound art project, creating sound and music on a touch device would be a new experience.

  • Anonymous

    Love to have one! Thanks in advance

  • Patrick Virgadamo

    This could be a fun and creative way to create new and totally original intro music for youtube videos and podcasts.

  • Anonymous

    We homeschool our daughter. This app would be great as part of her music class. She already writes the lyrics to her songs but she could actually put them to music with this, I think.

  • Anonymous

    I don’t have anything creative, because it’s all been said before. I will say this…of all the worlds we’ve looked at, we haven’t found so much as a worm…we are unique…the universe is one big bass note, starting with the big bang and vibrating still…so stay in key…keep up with the rhythm…and play what you see…harmony harmony harmony, just look at those.

  • Anonymous

    I would use it for my videos i make.

  • Anonymous

    Hey Matt,
    I would use this with our non-profit KID’z program called Diabetic KID’Z 4 LIFE. An organization that helps kids with diabetes realize they can do anything they wat to do in life in they just try. This would be perfect in working with some of the school kids in band and the performing arts that do videos for our organization.
    Thanks for the chance
    Mark

  • Anonymous

    I would let my cat run over it and create feline music.
    I would of course film this and it would go viral since I have a cute cat…

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_NVLZLS5JKOKZ6AYQJXAGCCDAMQ Melvin Bowman

    I just paid $22.87 for an iPad2 (64GB) and my girlfriend loves her Panasonic Lumix GF 1 Camera that we got for $38.76 there arriving tomorrow by UPS. I will never pay such expensive retail prices in stores again. Especially when I also sold a 40 inch LED TV to my boss for $674 which only cost me $62.81 to buy. Here is the website we use to get it all from, CentHub.com

  • Ian Manubens

    I would use it for entertaining guests, or heck, maybe even trick a record company in to the thinking I’m a boss with music, before you know it, i’ll be crankin’ out a 6 album record deal with Universal, and doin’ more drugs then Ossy Osborune….. Just kidding I’m only 13…. =(

  • http://twitter.com/Toastmaster7727 Zack Stamm

    I would use this app to create deep emotional electronic music.

  • Lansing Pugh

    I would use it to create a simulation for people of what the world sounds like to people like me with normal hearing in one ear and an acoustic neuroma (tumor) distorting audio in the other ear. Sometimes what I “hear” is actually pretty funny and other times dangerous or annoying. Any kind of deafness tends to be isolating, because you want to avoid having to keep asking people to repeat themselves.

  • http://www.leblog.se PeterNilsson

    I would try to learn how to make music :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Constantius-Solvang/649470195 Constantius Solvang

    I would use TableTop to try to create music fore my animations and cartoons.
    I study Animation an interaktiv media and it is always a pain in the ass to find Music fore my projekts

  • http://twitter.com/windogtx Doug Boehner

    I would use it to entertain my sister (and myself) while we go through her chemo treatments. They can take HOURS! Then later, I can share our creations with my nieces… they can add their input. Then after that, we can enlighten (torture) my parents with our final songs.

  • daryl siosan

    i love music. itd be cool if i could make my own =D

  • Anonymous

    Hi! I’m currently enrolled at Berklee Music’s online school, and I feel like I have a lot of musical ideas in my head that I can’t quite express through electronic equipment, because I am a little tech-challenged. This app seems right up my alley. I feel like TableTop would get my creative juices flowing, and give me the freedom I’ve been looking for. Thanks for your consideration. Oh, as much as I’d like this app, the diabetes, chemo, and ear tumor-related posters should get it before I do.

  • Robert Echten

    I wouldn’t, because I don’t have an iPad, but I would give it to my parents (65+) to see what they can do on the iPad I gave them. Sounds like a lot of fun! :-)

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Carl-Speller/1166529842 Carl Speller

    i would use it to make sound tracks for finalcut pro x

  • Pedro Visoso

    I would give it away to my nephew edeer hes 21. He works
    with a lot of youth in need. he a musician him self “drummer”
    him self n I know him n his kids would have a blast making music
    for there youth christian band. thanks

  • Anonymous

    With this app I would be able to put the ideas in my head down immediately, whereas now I just have my recorder app where I can just sing the tune in my head…not very useful if I have multiple tracks running in my head lol. This is my music studio on the go and wherever I am, because my iPad is attached to my body!

  • Jeremy Wyrick

    I would use this app to create songs like rebecca black’s Friday!!!

  • Danton Dubier

    apps like this are why I have an iPad

  • http://twitter.com/DipolarFish Manmit Mitbawkar

    I would mix sound recordings of my year old nephew with some cool effects and gift the final cut to my brother for my nephew’s second birthday.

  • Christopher Rubarth

    I would use it to create hipster pretentious body-gyrating electronic music.

  • Dexter Belgrade

    I’d use it to create music to end all music! Tiesto made a return to Ibiza so he’d get inspiration for In search of Sunrise 6, I’d make music on Ibiza’s beach, how’s that for inspiration!

  • Ethan LaFreniere

    I would use it to create mixes that i can use to play at shows!

  • http://twitter.com/rgritt Ryan Gritt

    I would use it to brainstorm musical ideas wherever I am :D

  • http://www.facebook.com/Martini1986 Ian M. Mitchell

    I would use it to create music, to get my creative juices flowing

  • Clifford Miller Jr

    I would use it to create music for local plays that cannot afford pay for such things. It would be very much appreciated.

  • Dean Wall

    I would use it to make my own one man electronic band

  • Jose Luis Perez

    I would use it to create music and effects for Powerpoint presentations

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Bryan-Phillips/1066720526 Bryan Phillips

    i would use it in my live setup, alongside a loopstation and indigenous instruments from Southamerica.

  • http://twitter.com/WuzzAppDoc WuzzAppDoc

    I would use it! ;)

  • Anonymous

    thanks for sharing this…..

  • Anonymous

    I learn a lot from your article! Thank you!

  • Sam Shobaki

    I would plug myself as a module

  • http://www.kitchenindex.ie/ Kitchens

    What happens if Google have deleted it from their cache?  Is it gone for good or is there another way of retrieving it?