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Yahoo to Shut Down GeoCities This Fall

GeoCities web hosting has been around since the very early days of the internet and while it’s not widely used anymore, it’s name still arouses a fond memory in the minds of early adopters.  Every once in awhile, a long-dead GeoCities site will even crop up in search results.  Yahoo, the current owner of GeoCities, has decided to finally put the sites and the entire service to rest, announcing that GeoCities will cease to function on October 26, 2009.

Launched in 1994 in the early days of the web, GeoCities offered a great place for aspiring webmasters to launch websites.  What we thought was so cool back then would hardly suffice today with the all of the modern day’s multimedia and interactive aspects of websites eating up the minuscule amounts of storage and bandwidth that GeoCities offered.  It’ll be a sad day nonetheless, as the once popular web host of our youth ceases to exist.

Yahoo purchased the business in the late 1990’s for $3.6, when scrolling HTML marquees were still considered cool (ha!). We’re pretty sure that investment did not pan out, as web designers began to create more dynamic sites and demand on resources increased.  So in a last ditch attempt to squeeze something out of GeoCities, Yahoo is now encouraging those that still use it (does anyone really use it anymore?!) to upgrade to Yahoo! Hosting.

I suppose that after October, if you want to reminisce about the good ol’ GeoCities days, you can take a trip down memory lane and visit archive.org.

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6 thoughts on “Yahoo to Shut Down GeoCities This Fall

  1. :( . RIP old friend!!! I still remember creating my first Geocities page and trying to decide if I liked Homestead better. I also remember back in the day when we would create rar sets and hotlink each rar on a separate Geocities account so that we could do mass file sharing and get around their upload size limitations… Man, the memories!!!

  2. I created my first site on Geocities and Tripod and used to feel great about creating a website quickly and being part of the community!

  3. Well if any Geocities users would like to migrate their site across to a new free platform, they’re very welcome at mydragndrop.com :-p)

  4. I find it hard to believe that Yahoo can’t keep an archive of it available. I can’t see it taking up more than a small cluster of outdated servers at each datacenter. It’ll just have to serve out .htm pages. No server side processing, it’s like plugging a USB disk into a router.

    I’m dissappointed :(

  5. I too had my first web page hosted on Geocities back in November 1998. I thought it was sooo cool, eventhough it really was tacky and awful. haha. But I have had soo many found memories of Geocities. I was recently taking that trip down memory lane and looking at some old Jpop pages hosted on Geocites. eventhough they havent been updated in at least 10 years, I love these sites.

    Reminds me of much simpler, great times. I am so sad to see Geocities close. Good bye my friend, you made my future possible in graphic & web design. And I will cherish the good times I had with Geocities, and the awesome neighborhoods you had!