GeoCities closes forever

Once the third most visited domain on the Internet, the now ailing GeoCities will shut down permanently on October 26.

GeoCities was founded in 1994 and was one of the first services offering an easy to use interface, which allowed 'mum and dad' users to publish their own websites easily.

GeoCities was considered revolutionary for its time, being one of the first free hosting services on the internet and one of the first to sort domains via their topic, e.g. finance, travel or fashion.

Unfortunately, as the popularity of GeoCities took off the topics available for hosting became many, and the site increased in complexity. The purchase of GeoCities by Yahoo in 1999 only served to make this growing problem even greater. As the dot-bomb of the early noughties took hold, and personal web hosting became affordable, the writing was on the wall for the future of the business.

By April 2009, Yahoo ceased accepting new registrations for the GeoCities service. In June, the company announced that the service would finally be closed in October this year. That day has come.

Digital archiver, Jason Scott has been working tirelessly to backup as much of the service's content as possible before its closure, which is estimated to be around 10 Terabytes of data.

In reminiscing of the service, Scott said, "...for hundreds of people, this was their first website...Your pet subject or conspiracy theory or collection of writings left the safe confines of your Windows 3.1 box and became something you could walk up to any internet-connected user, hand them the URL, and know they would be able to see your stuff. In full colour. Right now."

A golden milestone in Internet history, now gone forever.

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RIP Indeed. My pictures of Rootbeer tapper and blinking gifs are now gone forever. As for the tidbit on the various internet archive foundations trying to backup geocities, if you actually look at what they pulled all their pages are just standard Geocities pages with ads. I have not yet found a users page backed up. Although I assume pr0n is about 9 of the 10 terabytes Geocities took up. J/K of coarse.

That's too bad. I used to use a GeoCities website as well to host some political essays, but I've ignored it for the past couple of years.

someday this is going to happend with all the popular nowaday sites, like google (yea, laugh now but we will see what happend in the future), facebook, tweeter, etc

Said to see it go, but do feel it been way past as prime.
At least we have the wonderful Internet Archive out there to pull up info from it.

There was a lot of great (old) info on rpg's, house rules, and stuff on no longer printed games.

cork1958 said,
Still there until tomorrow!! My first ever mess from 1997! Once they added that stupid code of their own onto people's websites, it really went down the drain.
Now it's on Verizon and still nothing to it. Used to be the #1 Molly Hatchet fan site in any search engine back when it had 70+ pages and was coded much differently too.

http://www.geocities.com/cork1958/


OMG my Absolutly su****ingperb!!!!!!

I was laughing **** loads at my desk!!!

Great!!

My first websites were on GeoCities. I loved that site! I made so many websites for all kinds of things including, music (Synergy Beats and Haste Midis for music I made), Quake III: Arena (Ominous Syndicate Q3A clan site) Bicycles (don't remember the site name, was my very first I think, circa 2000), Drumline stuff (I was in band), Dragon Ball Z (Piccolo's Lair but I made lots of anime sites and have forgotten most of them by now), Anime Impulse, Diablo (Diablo Creep and StarCraft and WarCraft Creep pages too), Princess Mononoke (The Forest Spirit's Lair), Castlevania (Castlevania Crypt and Castlevania Bloodlines), Final Fantasy (Final Fantasy Beyond and a bunch of other Beyond websites for other games like Daggerfall all linked under one main site called Black As Your Soul, a name that was used because my older brother had the domain name blackasyoursoul.com and let me have it for 1 year. He linked it to my Final Fantasy Beyond GeoCities site which I linked to the other Beyond sites) and a lot more I can't remember. I still visit all the ones I can remember every now and then, because they are still there...for now...but won't be in a few hours, so I assume.

Bascially, I made a site for something that I got really into. If I played a game and got "into" it I got all excited and made a site for it! Those were the days.

For my own sake of remembering I am going to paste my GeoCities sites that are still working as of this post date. Most of my old pages are 404s at this point, but these ones fortunately still work:

http://geocities.com/castlevania_bloodlines/
http://geocities.com/castlevania_dracula/
http://geocities.com/mononoke_beyond/pmm.html
http://geocities.com/synergybeats/ (coolest one I ever made when I discovered the power of Photoshop)

I wish I could remember ALL my old sites. I think some got auto deleted or something because I was SURE I knew the addresses but they stopped working. Either that, or I'm not getting the index page names right, because I often did not use a default index page, but rather made up my own.

I hope some of my sites are stored in those archives of Jason Scott.

R.I.P. GeoCities

At least I'll be able to say I was a part of it when it's reminisced in the future.

Memories fade but the scars still linger
Goodbye my friend
Will I ever love again
Memories fade but the scars still linger
-Memories Fade (Tears For Fears)

Geocities you will be missed.
I constantly use geocities to find 'The College alarmclock'. Also alot of the snes,gba,etc english patches live on geocites.

And does anyone know hats going to happen the the japanese version of geocities? If you look at some of the newr japanese publications they still use geocites, and my is it still popular there.

Geocites was the place to find fansubs,scanslations, and free software back in the day.... less than 10 years ago

There goes a major part of my 24yo life

Like many people have said here, my first experience of web design, and first web site was created on geocities.
I remember me and some friends at school discovering it, building web sites, and linking them together. Ah those were the days... haha.

Goodbye Geocities.

+1 My first page was also on Geocities, it got me into building webpages. Although, I didn't even think they were still around, now that they are going away, I guess I will miss the site...

this is sad news for us.. i had websites on tripod, angelfire and geocities. sad to see them leave.

It had a good run, and means a lot of things to a lot of people. I'm glad people are trying to preserve a piece of history.

I pretty much blogged this earlier:

Tomorrow is the day that Geocities dies.

Granted, many considered it as the 'Eyesore of the internet' but what most people dont' realize the importance of Geocities of its time.

They were one of the first to provide free hosted websites to anyone. People could express themselves on the internet in any way they wanted to do.

You could say that Geocities is one of the biggest influence of the internet. I won't be surprised that people who made their own domain, first started off on free websites such as angelfire, xoom, tripod, and homestead.

My first website was on angelfire: "http://www.angelfire.com/fl4/trgx", first used as an RPG site, and then later on as my story site.

technically, it's my second. I lost my first site, oh well. REgardless, the site holds a special place in my heart.

It is why that the site is still up and yet preserved. I probably would've cut down half the spam I get if I'd taken down my email.

Anyway, that was my piece on Geocities. Rest in peace, geocities, you guys, in my opinion, without a doubt one of the biggest influence of the internet.

I remember using GeoCities when I was just a kid to create my first website... ah the memories. R.I.P, GeoCities.

My first website was at Tripod, but I also used them as a mirror for my main site, it's sad to see it go, it brings me memories.

I was too. Honestly, I don't recall thinking about the time I used their services for a couple of years. I must not miss them much...

The advertising was dreadful and quickly induced me to avoid geocities like the plague - even then it used to pop up all over the web as a continuing irritant.

I am delighted to learn of its demise. I only wish all the other advertising-heavy services would fold similarly, starting with Sky TV.

Good riddance. I remember back in the 1990s it was slow and worked really poorly, plus it had tons of ads if I remember right. I had no idea it had somehow managed to limp this far.

At least over here in Finland, ISPs even then provided some space for webpages so I don't think anyone here used GeoCities for their own site.

At the start there were actually very few ads. As technology improved and Geocities became popular the ads appeared more frequent and obtrusive.

Digital archiver, Jason Scott has been working tirelessly to backup as much of the service's content as possible before its closure, which is estimated to be around 10 Terabytes of data.

You could probably knock one of those terabytes off if you hard-linked together all the "digging man" gifs.

I think the people who are delighted at its demise are forgetting how good it was back in the day! In the mid to late nineties it wasn't exactly cheap to have hosting for a website. GeoCities provided you with your own little corner of the web, for free and gave you some good tools to use it. It's a real shame it's going, if only because of the history / nostalgia attached!

Chicane-UK said,
I think the people who are delighted at its demise are forgetting how good it was back in the day! In the mid to late nineties it wasn't exactly cheap to have hosting for a website. GeoCities provided you with your own little corner of the web, for free and gave you some good tools to use it. It's a real shame it's going, if only because of the history / nostalgia attached! :(


Agreed!

IMO the should've kept it open somehow, I mean how much bandwidth could it possibly hog/ Cost a year.

i always hated geocities. About time it closed.
One unfortunate thing is that sometimes thee are some usefull links to it which will be gone.

My first site was on angelfire - I remember GeoCities for it's bandwidth limits. :p

Tripod, GeoCities, Angelfire, homestead... memories.

BTW- said Yahoo! web hosting isn't a new service, it's a division of their small business unit and yahoo offerred a discounted rate of $60 for the first year of service. I signed up for it, that's the best promotion they've offerred for the service. It has free domain name, unlimited bandwidth and storage.

nullie said,
My first site was on angelfire - I remember GeoCities for it's bandwidth limits. :p

Tripod, GeoCities, Angelfire, homestead... memories.

BTW- said Yahoo! web hosting isn't a new service, it's a division of their small business unit and yahoo offerred a discounted rate of $60 for the first year of service. I signed up for it, that's the best promotion they've offerred for the service. It has free domain name, unlimited bandwidth and storage. :)

nullie said,
My first site was on angelfire - I remember GeoCities for it's bandwidth limits. :p

Tripod, GeoCities, Angelfire, homestead... memories.

BTW- said Yahoo! web hosting isn't a new service, it's a division of their small business unit and yahoo offerred a discounted rate of $60 for the first year of service. I signed up for it, that's the best promotion they've offerred for the service. It has free domain name, unlimited bandwidth and storage. :)

Even when the price is not as high that used to be, but :

# PHP version 4.3.11 and support for hundreds of PHP functions

LOL, php 5 was launched 5 years ago!.

Still there until tomorrow!! My first ever mess from 1997! Once they added that stupid code of their own onto people's websites, it really went down the drain.
Now it's on Verizon and still nothing to it. Used to be the #1 Molly Hatchet fan site in any search engine back when it had 70+ pages and was coded much differently too.

http://www.geocities.com/cork1958/

cork1958 said,
Still there until tomorrow!! My first ever mess from 1997! Once they added that stupid code of their own onto people's websites, it really went down the drain.
Now it's on Verizon and still nothing to it. Used to be the #1 Molly Hatchet fan site in any search engine back when it had 70+ pages and was coded much differently too.

http://www.geocities.com/cork1958/


OMG my Absolutly su****ingperb!!!!!!

I was laughing **** loads at my desk!!!

Great!!

Medfordite said,
Cork - I absolutely loved your 404 error message. :)

Thanks for all the visits those last couple days people. Must've had at least another 1,000 hits in between the day I posted this and the day it finally went down. :)

Well over 2 million hits in the 10 years my site was there.

Yahoo is closing Geocities but then opening something called Yahoo wed hosting, why? why not call the new service Yahoo Geocites, its a name that customers can identify with. There like Microsoft they've not realised that re branding a product will not make it successful.

Geocities is old. I used it, but it reminds me of days when computers were slow, HTML was older. They did indeed have a web hosting service under Geocities but it wasn't popular. The free service was good enough, and the name is from 15 years ago. Starting fresh is the idea. Windows Live Search is not a good name compared to Bing. MSN is a horrible name compared to Windows Live. Everything is a seamless experience now, why keep names of services that weren't seamless? Windows Live is the seamless experience for Windows 7 users for example. The whole point is starting fresh with making seamless experience services.

Electric Jolt said,
Geocities is old. I used it, but it reminds me of days when computers were slow, HTML was older. They did indeed have a web hosting service under Geocities but it wasn't popular. The free service was good enough, and the name is from 15 years ago. Starting fresh is the idea. Windows Live Search is not a good name compared to Bing. MSN is a horrible name compared to Windows Live. Everything is a seamless experience now, why keep names of services that weren't seamless? Windows Live is the seamless experience for Windows 7 users for example. The whole point is starting fresh with making seamless experience services. ;)

Microsoft made a mistake when it left the name MSN behind, since then all they've done is lose market share.

My friends and I still call it "MSN Messenger", or we'll say "Get on MSN". We don't say "Get on Live", or "Get on Windows Live Messenger" lol

nX07 said,
My friends and I still call it "MSN Messenger", or we'll say "Get on MSN". We don't say "Get on Live", or "Get on Windows Live Messenger" lol

Yeah I know what you mean! personally I call it WLM but most people are "what?" and I have to say either messenger or MSN and then they get it :P

My first site was hosted on GeoCities... way back in 1996. I remember one year they gave everyone a 'Christmas' present by doubling our storage from 1meg to a whopping 2megs! *sniff, tear, sob*

Digital archiver, Jason Scott has been working tirelessly to backup as much of the service's content as possible before its closure, which is estimated to be around 10 Terabytes of data.

Worst. Archive. Ever.

Ansuza said,
Wow. It's the end of an era. RIP GeoCities. :(

geocities was great
not by todays standards, but i loved how anyone back then could touch on making web pages, ill miss it

Glendi said,
R.I.P. GeoCities - My first website was there as well.


My first website was hosted on Geocities back in 1997

Guol said,
So was mine!
R.I.P Geocities

I don't get why they didn't simply try and make it profitable by bringing in paid hosting packages etc?

They -did- have paid hosting packages, the popularity of Geocities was its free services.

Alas, RIP Geocities. We shall miss thee.

Guol said,
I don't get why they didn't simply try and make it profitable by bringing in paid hosting packages etc?

Like the Teej said, they did have paid packages, but the prices on the paid packages were rediculous. Result: Nobody smart paid for a Geocities package.

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My first ever website was also on Geocities, and boy was it awful :P

Like so many others, Geocities was the first place I created a site. I was still in high school and amazed at both the coding aspect and the sense of creating communities. That was a long time ago, but I'm a better computer user because of it. Undoubtedly, I'd still be there if they'd adopted PHP and MySQL.

R.I.P. Geocities