Geocities shutting down signals end of Yahoo Geocities website maker

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After nearly 10 years of faithful service, Geocities will close the doors on one of the web's most time-honored services. Geocities allowed the everyday person to create their own website and let their voice be heard. Soon the internet was inundated with terrible web graphics, horrific usability and flat out comical content ranging from the tame to the bizarre. But, it did spark many budding designers/writers/artists to explore the internet as a creative medium and for that it truly deserves a better fate than Yahoo's current plan to just delete it all.

Currently, Alexa has Geocities listed in the top 200 most visited websites. So, can it truly be more profitable to delete it all then to simply keep hosting everything and earn profit from Yahoo/Overture banner ads? Naturally, Yahoo attempted to have Geocities users upgrade to paid website hosting services starting at $5.00 and while many will begin shelling out the dough, I believe that the vast majority will not and allow their work to disappear, like dark text on a black background.

I am writing this blog in remembrance of the service that sparked the website movement. The first to allow the layman to have a little piece of the internet. With our Pentium-powered computers and 28.8k modems, we took over the internet. With our copy/paste javascript codes, we created astonishing designs. With our Geocities sitemaker software, we were able to let our voices be heard.

RIP Geocities. 1998-2009. GOOD NIGHT SWEET PRINCE.

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posted by on: Oct 26, 2009 07:10pm

Lets bring back Comic Sans MS!

posted by Barry Schwartz on: Oct 26, 2009 07:48pm

Comic Sans :) Google tried to bring that font back - they failed. Maybe we can help make it come back. :)

posted by Ronnie Schwartz on: Oct 26, 2009 09:04pm

A client just asked me to use it as the primary font for a site.

posted by Mabelyn on: Oct 26, 2009 09:13pm

I must say that the only thing missing from this page is bright canary yellow. No self respecting lime and fuchsia page is complete without it.

posted by on: Oct 30, 2009 01:46pm

Another thing that has been long forgotten --- Web Rings!!!! Remember that? Almost everyone on GeoCities had one. They had previous and next arrows and would take you to a different website of the same topic, and everyone was always requesting to "Join my webring!"