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Goodbye GeoCities

yahoo! has announced it will be closing geocities soon.

geocities is one of the original web-hosting services which was acquired by yahoo in 1999. however with newer (and better) social platforms in town (like facebook, multiply, friendster), geocities found a hard time catching up and a steady decline of its usage was recorded by ComScore.

i’ve gathered here some techcrunch comments;

“My first site was actually on Angelfire (anyone remember them), but I do remember quickly moving over to Geocities – can’t remember the reason behind it though. I believe it was because of the neighborhoods – making it easier for others to find your site.” (michael wells)

“I feel old. My nephew, who is 14 and codes circles around me, asked ‘what was GeoCities’.” (jill)

“…as if millions of voices suddenly cried out in terror and were suddenly silenced. I fear something terrible has happened.” (duncan winter)

“Hi — I worked for GeoCities. To me, GeoCities really expired when Yahoo acquired it. On a purely surface level, yeah, GeoCities was a just free web hosting service with a whole lot of ugly pages (myspace, anyone??). But it was already way more than that when Yahoo acquired it. It really GOT the spirit of online community and was exploring ways to innovate further — which is what made it so awesome to work there (we focused on people and usability). It pioneered everything we now call social media/networking from blogging to category clouds to tweeting, etc.” (liza)

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  1. That\’s where I started my website too but after 3 days after creating my geosite, I took it down because Friendster and MySpace emerged from the darkness, and into our emails. lol.


  2. Yes, Geocities was a pioneer in those days. It was also synonymous to free webhosting. Maybe some of the old webdevelopers have their cradle-days over at Geocities.Here\’s a salute to Geocities.


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