Toronto Mike

The Floppy Disk Save Icon Deserves to Stay


When was the last time you saved a file to a floppy disk?  It's been a while for me.  In fact, I doubt I've saved to a floppy disk any time this century.  Since the floppy we've advanced to CD, DVD and USB.

Now that saving to floppy disk has gone the way of the rotary phone, isn't it strange that the floppy disk remains the unofficial "save" icon?  Whether saving to a hard drive or a web app, we click a little picture of a floppy disk.  Heck, my son clicks a floppy disk to save his documents yet he's never actually laid eyes on a floppy disk let alone used one.

The floppy disk save icon survives in spite of progress, and I think it deserves to stay.  It's sort of funny, this throw back medium persevering, like a cockroach post-apocalypse.  Long live the floppy disk save icon!

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