Invisible GeoCities

Monday 26 October 2009, 11:18 pm   //////  

GeoCities, founded in 1995, grew to become the third most visited site on the Web in 1999, when it was bought by Yahoo! for more than $3.5 billion. It offered free Web hosting in directories themed as different cities. Many people published their first page and first site on GeoCities. The Archiveteam has been working to save as much of it as possible; this wildly individual Web work won’t be completely lost to us as much of the pre-Wayback Web is. But at midnight Pacific Time, the plug will be pulled on this significant and populist piece of the Web. Here is, not an archive, but at least a peek at some of what will go dark.

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2 Comments »

  1. Hm.

    My first web page was on GeoCities. Might still be there — don’t know if I ever took it down.

    Let mine die, I say.

    Conrad.

    Comment by Conrad — 2009-10-27 @ 8:44 pm
  2. It’s dead. GeoCities was up during the morning on the West Coast, but went down beginning at 12:30pm Pacific Time.

    Comment by Nick Montfort — 2009-10-27 @ 10:37 pm

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