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.