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Yahoo Pulls the Plug On GeoCities

timothy posted more than 5 years ago | from the myspace's-aesthetic-progenitor dept.

The Internet 427

Mike writes "It's official: Yahoo is pulling the plug, and GeoCities is dead. GeoCities had suffered a long and drawn-out battle with its health over the past decade. An antiquated service model and outdated technology are widely blamed for the struggle. An official cause of death, however, has yet to be determined. Awful, eye-punishing graphics, lack of relevancy, and 'lowest-common-denominator design' are believed to have contributed to its demise. GeoCities was 15 years old." There is doubtless a lot of funny and informative stuff on there that's worth saving (not just Jesux, which pudge has now migrated). If some of it belongs to you, perhaps you should move it sometime in the next few months. Update: 04/24 18:10 GMT by T : And if you know some GeoCities page owners who aren't especially computer savvy, you could point out to them how easy it is to slurp down their pages for re-hosting elsewhere.

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RIP (5, Funny)

daveime (1253762) | more than 5 years ago | (#27696063)

RIP Geocities, the Friendster of the 90's generation.

Re:RIP (5, Insightful)

plover (150551) | more than 5 years ago | (#27696141)

After reminiscing about the gaudiness of some of those crappy old pages, I'd have to say they were more like the MySpace of the '90s.

Re:RIP (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27696255)

Linux just isn't ready for the desktop yet. It may be ready for the web servers that you nerds use to distribute your TRON fanzines and personal Dungeons and Dragons web-sights across the world wide web, but the average computer user isn't going to spend months learning how to use a CLI and then hours compiling packages so that they can get a workable graphic interface to check their mail with, especially not when they already have a Windows machine that does its job perfectly well and is backed by a major corporation, as opposed to Linux which is only supported by a few unemployed nerds living in their mother's basement somewhere. The last thing I want is a level 5 dwarf (haha) providing me my OS.

Re:RIP (5, Insightful)

Kugrian (886993) | more than 5 years ago | (#27696519)

I'd agree with the awful .gif's and styles, but they had a lot more going for them than myspace.

Geocities had a lot of content. A huge amount of useful information. Especially the pre-Yahoo stuff. Many times over the last decade I've ended up on a Geocities website when researching particular subjects (sorry - can't give any examples, but more than a couple dozen times when looking at some obscure stuff).

This is sad, but bound to happen. For a long while Geocities was the only place hobbyists could spew their knowledge. Now it's all over the place. Hopefully the internet archive can hold on to some of those soon-to-be lost gems.

Re:RIP (5, Funny)

ausekilis (1513635) | more than 5 years ago | (#27696711)

Gems like this?
VF Designer [geocities.com]
Unfortunately the pain isn't limited to geocities... more pain here [dokimos.org] .

Re:RIP (2, Funny)

Kugrian (886993) | more than 5 years ago | (#27696769)

I used to have a friend who'd clean up after royal events and sift through vomit and random foodstuff and find diamond rings and £10 notes.

I, personally, used to rummage around a funfair ball-pit and find mobile phones, money, jewelery and other fun tidbits.

Re:RIP (3, Informative)

fuzzix (700457) | more than 5 years ago | (#27696727)

Geocities had a lot of content. A huge amount of useful information. Especially the pre-Yahoo stuff. Many times over the last decade I've ended up on a Geocities website when researching particular subjects (sorry - can't give any examples, but more than a couple dozen times when looking at some obscure stuff).

This [geocities.com] was in my browser history.

Bit outdated, but indicative of the fact that useful stuff resides on geocities.

Oh, just remembered zx32 [geocities.com] which I used to use back in my Windows days.

Re:RIP (5, Insightful)

nametaken (610866) | more than 5 years ago | (#27696759)

Here's where everyone neglects the fact that Geoshitties was a huge lead-up to the blog.

People with no interest in html, css, hosting, dns, etc. want to brain-dump on the intarwebs too. Geocities did it first, now you go start a blog.

Re:RIP (5, Insightful)

sortius_nod (1080919) | more than 5 years ago | (#27696765)

Unfortunately like all good resources, diamonds in the rough. You have to wade through so much shit that you end up almost giving up. Almost... then you find the gem, and cherish it.

While it is sad to see it gone, the horrid gaudy gif sites will not be missed.

Re:RIP (1)

timothy (36799) | more than 5 years ago | (#27696577)

Hey, that's what *I* said! ;)

timothy

So hey timothy... (0, Troll)

kdawson (3715) (1344097) | more than 5 years ago | (#27696679)

Why are you posting this rather than reviewing submissions? Your story selection tends to be terrible. I could anonymously post a story with a link to goatse, and you wouldn't bother checking the link first...

Sorry, just had to get it off my chest!

Re:RIP (1)

plover (150551) | more than 5 years ago | (#27696895)

Well I'll be! It is in your department tag. Maybe I should read those once in a while.

Re:RIP (4, Funny)

hairyfeet (841228) | more than 5 years ago | (#27696661)

Yes, let us all take a moment to remember the days of Geocities,Angelfire, hooking up to the net with Earthlink or AOHell dialup, and of course the evil plague that spread across the net at that time, I speak of course of all the dumbasses that put comet cursor [wikipedia.org] crap all over their Geocities and Angelfire web pages, which always felt like 3 out of four.

you would spend 10 minutes dealing with that annoying screech as the dialup hooked up and then would go to find out when your favorite band would be coming to town or your favorite sci fi writer would have out their new book by visiting the fansites, when all of a sudden, and without warning at all, it was "GAAAK! Somebody just turned my cursor into a butterfly crapping fairy dust and dragging a pocket watch hooked to it ass! And my PC is now slower than a 386 running Win95!"

Ah yes, those were the days. Malware wasn't all over the place because that damned comet cursor made your PC too damned slow to do anything with, and Earthlink and AOHell would toss you at random intervals so making a spambot was pretty pointless. Now of course we have different kinds of evil, like Myspace pages designed in the "OMG Ponies!" look that can blind a man at 30 yards as well as making him sterile, folks with high speed Internet connections that fill our tubes with spam because the moron will click on ANYTHING that has the words "tits" or "lesbos" in it,it truly is a different world now. But for all the great fansites that DIDN'T have comet cursors on them (all 3 of you) I bow my head in a moment of remembrance for the passing of Geocities. For those of us who beards are turning Grey the name does bring back memories.

Value (0, Redundant)

neovoxx (818095) | more than 5 years ago | (#27696071)

And nothing of value was lost.

Re:Value (5, Insightful)

neokushan (932374) | more than 5 years ago | (#27696281)

I don't know, when researching some really really old file formats for some old games, I found that a lot of documentation for them was held on sites like geocities, long since forgotten about and destined to be lost if Yahoo just pulls the plug completely. No doubt there's a fair amount of information littered over the service amidst all of the Frontpage 97 templated gif-fests.
At the very least, they should let archive.org or something back the whole damn thing up, it may have been a rubbish service, but it's still an important part of internet history.
That and they'd actually be able to supply some decent bandwidth to the things.

Re:Value (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27696381)

Now they live on on google cache. It never forgets and never forgives.

Re:Value (5, Interesting)

telchine (719345) | more than 5 years ago | (#27696595)

And nothing of value was lost.

Something of great value was lost!

Unfortunately it was lost long ago.

I remember the original Geocities... well before Yahoo bought them out. It was a thriving community of Internet users, the kind of people that had Internet access but didn't have web space, or their own server to host pages.

If you can't remember a Geocities before Yahoo! then please think twice before dismissing it.

If it wasn't for Geocities, I probably wouldn't be a Web Developer now. I used to code up pages on my ageing 8086 (without a graphical web browser, so I had no way of testing), I used to take the HTML files into college which had computers powerful enough to run Netscape. After a bit of debugging, I'd upload them to Geocities and they were live!

Sure, some people had nice web servers that their companies paid for, but I couldn't afford that, I just had my college's 1KB/sec Internet connection and my free Geocities account. It served me well!

I'll miss Geocities.

I'll also miss every other service that Yahoo! butchered too! Anyone remember the original Rocketmail, OneList? WebRing? Launch.com? All Seeing Eye?

All great services ruined by Yahoo!

I still use Flickr, but I worry for its future. Yahoo! have a bad history!

Last but not least...

RIP Geocities. You served me well! It's a pity Yahoo! murdered you!

good memories (5, Interesting)

f1vlad (1253784) | more than 5 years ago | (#27696093)

Nothing lost but sad. I remember those days of geocities prospering. But I was more tripod.com guy than geocities. Hope tripod.com will live for longer. I am actually using it still for something.

Re:good memories (1, Flamebait)

TrisexualPuppy (976893) | more than 5 years ago | (#27696721)

I see a brand new user and see a moderator sign next to his name. Are you Rob's new sugar daddy? Whose balls are you sucking? Can you bump my karma back up to excellent?

TSP

Re:good memories (2, Funny)

Tenareth (17013) | more than 5 years ago | (#27696939)

I think you need to work on your technique of first impressions... :)

Re:good memories (5, Funny)

Kinky Bass Junk (880011) | more than 5 years ago | (#27696927)

Hope tripod.com will live for longer. I am actually using it still for something.

Propping up a camera?

It hurts me inside (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27696103)

Geocities - crappy as it may have been - was all the rage back in 98 when I 'joined the internet'.

My heart aches.

Re:It hurts me inside (2, Insightful)

ZyBex (793975) | more than 5 years ago | (#27696271)

Imagine Google, Facebook and Twitter 10 years from now.

Re:It hurts me inside (4, Funny)

daranz (914716) | more than 5 years ago | (#27696321)

It'll probably be more like Google, Google and Google 10 years from now.

Re:It hurts me inside (1)

stonedcat (80201) | more than 5 years ago | (#27696357)

In the future all restaurants will be Google.

Re:It hurts me inside (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27696345)

All bow before the almighty GoofyTwit!

Re:It hurts me inside (4, Insightful)

owlnation (858981) | more than 5 years ago | (#27696353)

Imagine Google, Facebook and Twitter 10 years from now.

I'd say there's a good chance Google will still be around in 10 years. I'd say there's very little chance Facebook is. And I'd say there's not a snowball's chance in Hell that Twitter is around in 5 years, never mind 10.

Re:It hurts me inside (3, Insightful)

yelirekim (1371387) | more than 5 years ago | (#27696491)

I don't really see facebook disappearing any time soon, there is an awful lot of value there for the people who use it. It's the equivalent of a "box of polariods" for about half of all college students in the US.

Re:It hurts me inside (4, Interesting)

telchine (719345) | more than 5 years ago | (#27696809)

I'd say there's a good chance Google will still be around in 10 years.

You know what, 10 years ago, I'd have said that there'd be a good chance that AltaVista will still be around in 10 Years!

If you don't know what AltaVista is then you might want to Google it. 10 years ago, you'd likely have AltaVista'd Google to find out what Google was!

AltaVista is still around but it's a subsidiary of Google. I'm not saying that Google won't be around in 10 years... I'm just saying that 10 years is a long time in Internet time!

Talking of which, does anyone else remember Internet Time [wikipedia.org] ?

Tripod was better (0, Troll)

torvik (1518775) | more than 5 years ago | (#27696123)

Good riddance, I say.

The Neighborhoods (5, Interesting)

kingbilly (993754) | more than 5 years ago | (#27696125)

My favorite part about Geocities, in 1996, was the themed Neighborhoods. The internet seemed so much smaller back then, like the number of pages could have fit into the multiple neighborhoods of Geocities. RIP Times Square

Re:The Neighborhoods (2)

literaldeluxe (1527087) | more than 5 years ago | (#27696167)

Thanks for the good times, Athens/Acropolis. /Is it sad that I still remember my old address?

Re:The Neighborhoods (1)

Hadlock (143607) | more than 5 years ago | (#27696643)

Realm/TimesSquare/4350 bay-bee.
 
The original site of Kramerica Industries. Or something like that. And then there was another page of the animated gif of the guy walking, stops and pees, but tiled on the background with no text. The early internet was the best.

Re:The Neighborhoods (1)

Aylanah (567736) | more than 5 years ago | (#27696747)

Vienna/4994

Do you guys remember the chat rooms? Hard to believe it has been 15 years.

Re:The Neighborhoods (1)

crispin_bollocks (1144567) | more than 5 years ago | (#27696789)

I had a Loft in SoHo - the old URL still works, but you can't wander the blocks in the neighborhoods any more, not for a long time. Sad, there was community there. Way to go Yahoo, spend a boatload of cash on the Ur-MySpace, and do......nothing? Had a flat in Corel Towers in Fortune City too!

Re:The Neighborhoods (1)

nametaken (610866) | more than 5 years ago | (#27696703)

AWWW... I forgot about that! [nostalgia sets in]

I cut my teeth on html using Geoshitties, 'round 97. What a mess, but god bless the free tinkering space.

Advertisement (5, Interesting)

enderjsv (1128541) | more than 5 years ago | (#27696143)

I don't remember much about Geocities, but I do remember that I absolutely HATED having their advertisements on my page.

It's funny, though, if you look at MySpace or Facebook now they're absolutely cluttered with flashy, obtrusive advertisements and I don't give it much thought. Guess it goes to show, you can get used to anything.

An old saying... (3, Funny)

Overzeetop (214511) | more than 5 years ago | (#27696191)

The early bird gets the worm, but the second mouse gets the cheese.

Prodigy tried the flashy nasty ad thing before AOL and was pulverized for it. AOL made a whole business plan around it.

Speak for yourself (5, Insightful)

pimpimpim (811140) | more than 5 years ago | (#27696307)

I hate the guts out of myspace and facebook. Seriously. There is no content. For example, I search for a new 'hip' band, so they only have a myspace page. Now, try to find the band biography or past tourdates. You won't find it. Instead, you will see a list of pictures of 'friends' of the band, about whom you couldn't care less. In that respect, Geocities actuallý was better, because at least you had a chance (even if it was small) of finding useful information there.

Re:Speak for yourself (-1, Troll)

Grishnakh (216268) | more than 5 years ago | (#27696795)

For example, I search for a new 'hip' band, so they only have a myspace page. Now, try to find the band biography or past tourdates. You won't find it.

This isn't a problem, because there are no new bands that are worth listening to. If they're "hip", I guarantee they're crap.

Just look at American Idol; all these young aspiring singers, and what are they singing? Not new, "hip", music, but old classic music, like the last winner who did a song with ZZ Top, a band that peaked in the early 80s.

Quite simply, no good new band has started out after around 1994.

Re:Speak for yourself (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27696937)

There are no new popular bands worth listening to. If you dig deep enough, you're bound to find a few gems.

Re:Speak for yourself (5, Insightful)

DavidD_CA (750156) | more than 5 years ago | (#27696851)

It's the band's fault if their MySpace/Facebook page doesn't have any good information, tour dates, or anything else that might be useful.

I've seend plenty of excellent band pages. Unfortunately, the sucky ones outweigh the good ones, but don't blame MySpace.

(There's plenty of other things to hate MySpace for.)

Re:Speak for yourself (2, Insightful)

Just Justin (1539921) | more than 5 years ago | (#27696867)

I'd say Myspace has been a great thing for local bands. It's extremely easy to hear a few of their songs and sample their music, and it's also extremely easy to see when they'll be playing a show and where.

Myspace isn't really designed for them to hold a long boring biography or a history of their tour dates. It also doesn't have a nice section for them to sell their merchandise either like t-shirts and cd's. Also a forum / message board is missing for fans to talk with each other.

I think myspace is more like a sampler of the band, and if you want more info or want to buy stuff, then they're supposed to link you to their official website somewhere on there. But like you said, most of the time the myspace page is their only website.

Re:Advertisement (5, Interesting)

mackil (668039) | more than 5 years ago | (#27696315)

I don't remember much about Geocities, but I do remember that I absolutely HATED having their advertisements on my page.

An old trick we used back in the day was to open a noscript tag, but not close it. This kept all the ads from showing up. Of course you couldn't run javascript on it from there, but in 1998, who cared.

Re:Advertisement (2, Insightful)

techno-vampire (666512) | more than 5 years ago | (#27696329)

they're absolutely cluttered with flashy, obtrusive advertisements and I don't give it much thought.

More likely, you're just using Adblock like most Slashdotters and never even see them.

Re:Advertisement (2)

kcornia (152859) | more than 5 years ago | (#27696515)

Having never seen an advertisement on FB, I was wondering what the hell the original post was talking about on Facebook. Your mention of AdBlock clears it up though, thanks AdBlock!

Re:Advertisement (1)

enderjsv (1128541) | more than 5 years ago | (#27696587)

Yeah, but the point was, I didn't want other people who visited my page to see these ads. I wasn't bothered that I would see these ads on other people's pages. It bothered me that I couldn't control everything people saw on my page. Adblock is great, but only a small handful of people use it.

Re:Advertisement (1)

techno-vampire (666512) | more than 5 years ago | (#27696719)

That's what you get when you use a free hosting service; after all, they have to get their revenue from somewhere. However, if you're willing to spend a little money, take a look at the service mentioned in my .sig. It's worked fine for me for several years now, as well as a number of my friends. YMMV, of course.

Re:Advertisement (1)

dwhitaker (1500855) | more than 5 years ago | (#27696371)

I think the difference is this: on Geocities (or other places that host websites) the content is exclusively yours that you want the public to see. On Myspace and Facebook the content is overall design has always been controlled by them and you only insert your content into their framework. Just my $0.02.

Re:Advertisement (0, Offtopic)

Z80xxc! (1111479) | more than 5 years ago | (#27696543)

Ads? What ads?

Oh... right, not everybody uses adblock [mozilla.org] .

Re:Advertisement (1)

Carnildo (712617) | more than 5 years ago | (#27696915)

The Geocities ads were why I started running the Proxomitron as my ad filter in the first place. Amazingly, even without updates it's gotten more effective over time: since its Javascript ad filter is fairly broad, and everyone uses Javascript to serve ads these days, I couldn't tell you how much advertising the typical Myspacer or Facebook page has.

(I couldn't have used AdBlock instead: this predates Phoenix itself, much less the addons that have made it popular.)

Meh.. (5, Insightful)

Anrego (830717) | more than 5 years ago | (#27696153)

For all the griping people do.. it wasn't that bad

And it's visual design tool really was amazing.

Users didn't need to worry about arranging stuff into tables.. you could just drag your graphic where ever you wanted .. or put text anywhere.. etc.

Sure, it let a lot of garbage leak onto the Internet.. but it also let people with something interesting to contribute an easy way of doing so.

And lets face it.. was the output of a geocities website designed with the visual designer that much different than most of the myspace pages you see? (that isn't an endorsement for myspace..). If you have interesting content.. the design matters a lot less (and again.. not saying that myspace contains interesting content).

Re:Meh.. (1)

phantomfive (622387) | more than 5 years ago | (#27696807)

It was the advertising that really sucked. You maybe could have built a decent looking page, but then you have this huge floating ugly thing kind of in the middle of it. Maybe it would have been tolerable if they'd made it a small frame at the bottom or something, but as it was, the advertising made every page look worse.

Geocities is still the number 2 search result on Google if you do a search for "free web page"

Too Bad (5, Interesting)

nmb3000 (741169) | more than 5 years ago | (#27696189)

As somebody who learned HTML and Javascript with GeoCities, that's really too bad. Yes, GeoCities is the home of the stereotypical mid 90's "home page" with animated gifs and background MIDI music but I still occasionally come across very worthwhile information on GeoCities via Google and in terms of reliable free hosting with pretty unobtrusive ads it was pretty good. It seems somewhat rash to just shut it down outright.

I wonder if there isn't some way they could just take a snapshot of the domain as it is right now, and then keep that online. Give site owners the ability to delete their site, but no longer allow editing or uploading. That would be pretty low maintenance and certainly they still receive ad revenue from it, but maybe not enough to cover costs.

Archive.org (1)

psyclone (187154) | more than 5 years ago | (#27696277)

The Wayback [archive.org] machine has a pretty good snapshots of GeoShitties [archive.org]

XOOM (1)

TypoNAM (695420) | more than 5 years ago | (#27696417)

I had my first website on XOOM, anybody remember them? Yes the company that tried to make a living by selling clip art and animated gifs. Unfortunately they always had a robots.txt file that denied web crawlers access to members.xoom.com which means everybody, including me, who had a website on XOOM wasn't archived by the wayback machine. :(

They were eventually partnered or bought by NBC to have iNBC.com of which died within soon after without warning and everything was lost. Well if you can even call it a loss. Yet another example as to why webmasters must ensure to keep a backup of their web sites on their local machine and/or by other means.

Re:Archive.org (1)

petermgreen (876956) | more than 5 years ago | (#27696563)

In my experiance the wayback machine only archives stuff beyond a certain level of popularity and sometimes it gets the homepage but not the important stuff e.g. http://web.archive.org/web/20071002152623/http://www.geocities.com/vampyrdarla/frame.htm [archive.org] has the homepage but none of the pages with the real information.

I've tried to provoke it into collecting the rest of the site on the next run. I'm also trying to archive it locally but it seems my recursive wget has triggered service temporerally unavilible errors before it got quite the whole site.

Re:Too Bad (1)

zlogic (892404) | more than 5 years ago | (#27696337)

I think most interesting Geocities pages are already backed up to http://web.archive.org/ [archive.org]

Re:Too Bad (1)

MoonBuggy (611105) | more than 5 years ago | (#27696389)

I wonder if there isn't some way they could just take a snapshot of the domain as it is right now, and then keep that online.

Archive.org maybe? I can't imagine Geocities can have created more than a few TB of data, and I'd not be surprised to hear that the figure is lower than that. Considering that the Wayback Machine is apparently [computerworld.com] indexing 100TB/month of new data, having Yahoo send them a dump of Geocities would surely be a drop in the bucket.

hmm. familiar (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27696219)

"Awful, eye-punishing graphics, lack of relevancy, and 'lowest-common-denominator design' are believed to have contributed to it's demise."

Sounds like myspace

Re:hmm. familiar (5, Insightful)

neokushan (932374) | more than 5 years ago | (#27696319)

The more things change, the more they stay the same.

Progress? (5, Funny)

clinko (232501) | more than 5 years ago | (#27696241)

GeoCities:
Learn HTML, post Animated Gifs, Blare Midis

MySpace:
post Animated Gifs, Blare Mp3s

YouTube:
Blare "Animated" Videos with Sound

Twitter:
Blare

good riddance to bad rubbish (4, Interesting)

gadabyte (1228808) | more than 5 years ago | (#27696247)

i hosted my first website, a WW II history site, on geocities - before the ad requirements got out of hand. when their ads got completely obnoxious, i asked for a way to keep the ad in a top frame, or any way to keep it from covering my content, but was told to pony up cash.

random ads over WW II pictures, especially some of the pictures of fallen soldiers I had up, didn't sit well with me - so I ponied up cash for a real webhost, and didn't look back.

perhaps i'm just too good at holding a grudge, but i'm glad they're dead.

Re:good riddance to bad rubbish (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27696603)

especially some of the pictures of fallen soldiers I had up, didn't sit well with me...perhaps i'm just too good at holding a grudge, but i'm glad they're dead.

The beauty of context.

Re:good riddance to bad rubbish (2, Interesting)

gadabyte (1228808) | more than 5 years ago | (#27696877)

*cringe*

that's some pretty awful englishfail.

oh, that button below says "preview," not "impatiently wait for submit button to appear." now i get it.

Re:good riddance to bad rubbish (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27696779)

The increasingly obnoxious advertising killed Geocities along with Wikipedia. For a while it was /the/ place to put information for people who weren't ready to plunge into hosting payments & learn code, and the Web benefitted.

Oh, and personal pages hosted by universities. Almost forgot those. I used to get a great amount of tech HowTo's etc from those before the Great Purge around 2000 when the dot-com crash caused a lot of universities to clear out pages by former staff and students.

Well, netcraft stats (1)

G00F (241765) | more than 5 years ago | (#27696251)

Wow, MS must like it when ever someone running a lot of *nix(FreeBSD) servers switches to Windows or in this case, drops out. Now they can report being more successful because they own a larger percentage of websites.

First members.aol.com and now this (2, Funny)

JewGold (924683) | more than 5 years ago | (#27696309)

Where will we go for our fix of lousy, horribly formatted websites from 1997?

I feel bad for this sucker [peopleconnectionblog.com] :

WHAT A SHAMBLES & A POOR SHOW. NO ONE WANTS TO KNOW EITHER. FORTUNATELY I SAVED MY WEBPAGE & TRANSFERRED IT TO GEOCITIES.

Link Here: http ://geocities.yahoo.com/v/gcp_choose/

Real easy to do a simple webpage. With more time I think this could be better than aol.

Yahoo business acumen? (1)

fishthegeek (943099) | more than 5 years ago | (#27696311)

Enough Said [geocities.com]

Re:Yahoo business acumen? (4, Funny)

fm6 (162816) | more than 5 years ago | (#27696675)

You slashdotted Geocities! Most impressive!

While most here are going to rag on Geocities ... (5, Insightful)

phoxix (161744) | more than 5 years ago | (#27696359)

I'd like to thank 'em giving even the tiniest bit of free webspace when nobody else did.

The reason we cann all remember Geocities was because there was neat stuff on it!!! Geocities was home to all the quirky people who had all sorts of goodies to post on the web, and no other means to do so.

Re:While most here are going to rag on Geocities . (1)

entervazda (1516023) | more than 5 years ago | (#27696475)

I remember Geocities, I hosted my first site there for 6 years. They can make fun all they want, Geocities was great.

Re:While most here are going to rag on Geocities . (4, Insightful)

Wuhao (471511) | more than 5 years ago | (#27696559)

Ain't it the truth. Geocities attracted some of the most eye-gougingly terrible amateur designs, but shit, a lot of those people went on to lose the colorblindness, but kept the technical know-how they gained with their first little hobby site. I certainly did.

Re:While most here are going to rag on Geocities . (1)

Kenshin (43036) | more than 5 years ago | (#27696919)

Totally. My original websites are (mercifully) lost to the void, but I learned a WHOLE lot through trial and error in those GeoCities days.

Re:While most here are going to rag on Geocities . (2, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27696645)

Not to mention the fact that back then the web was NEW to so many people! Shiny, fascinating and NEW! I had a page that listed my comic art collection. Many of the guy's fans contacted me thanking me for it. I became obsessed with tracking down and documenting EVERY, SINGLE, SOLITARY thing that he'd ever had published. The artist actually contacted me and asked if he could mirror it on his site when he got one a couple of years later. He actually said that he didn't remember half of the items on the list.

And there were lots of people like me on Geocities. Our pages didn't have to be good, they had to be the BEST. That fascination seems to have died off quite a bit in the past decade.

It saddens me to see the silver lining go down the drain with the rest of the cloud.

Simulating the internet of the 90s (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27696419)

The other day I decided to simulate the internet of the 90s by using linux traffic control modules to limit throughput to around 5Kbps and reading Geocities, and lycos.

It actually reminded me of the days when you would go do something else while your webpages loaded.

Jesusx (1)

religious freak (1005821) | more than 5 years ago | (#27696441)

WOW... Jesusx.

First time I've ever heard of it. Interesting, and definitely unique... I never would've thought of such a thing as a "Christian" based OS. I wonder if they ever got it off the ground.

Re:Jesusx (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27696533)

Don't worry about it. They're just building another walled garden to hide in. Which is nice of them -- maybe they'll stop coming to my door and harassing me.

The hierarchical users sounds interesting, though. Is that new or did they get it somewhere?

Re:Jesusx (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27696611)

You know, I never truly appreciated Anonymous Coward before this. So anyone can just say whatever they want and not worry about whether the subjects will come knocking on your door?

Oh, wait.

Re:Jesusx (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27696735)

As it's a hoax it appears from your response that they did quite well :)

I was there when GeoCities was acquired (5, Funny)

rizzo5 (574275) | more than 5 years ago | (#27696485)

I was working at yahoo in the early days and I got the job of working to integrate the stuff geocities was doing with some of our stuff. The moment I met them I was convinced these were the wrong sort of people to be working for yahoo. They developed on Windows by Crom! When anyone asks when yahoo started going downhill I point to the GeoCities acquisition.

Making a backup (1)

rishistar (662278) | more than 5 years ago | (#27696503)

If like me you want to make a backup of your site but only had the free account sans FTP httrack [httrack.com] may be useful.

This Comment Is Still Under Construction (4, Funny)

meehawl (73285) | more than 5 years ago | (#27696521)

<blink>This Comment Is Still Under Construction</blink>
(yes, even after 15 years)

And this is a spinning GIF logo. Your browser is just too tasteful to display it.

Say what you wil... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27696591)

but i just recently helped a friend of mine to prevent his university from kicking everyone out for this coming sunner with an online petition placed on geocities. Yhe page got 3 hits, all from the media, and within 12 hrs of the site being up, it was longer needed. we had won the war... now! onto Hollywood! March on the RIAA, for geocities will rise again, like a pheonix... seriously, how much would the domain go for these days? I got 5 on it.

so long and thank you (1)

hagnat (752654) | more than 5 years ago | (#27696613)

its atrocious to go there now, but geocities was THE Thing back in the '90s. Learned a lot with it, learned a lot from it. So long, and thank you...

Anyone have a suggestion where to go next? (2)

CrazyJim1 (809850) | more than 5 years ago | (#27696647)

I have a few websites on Geocities because it is a free web hosting solution. Anyone have a suggestion as to where I should go?

Re:Anyone have a suggestion where to go next? (1)

Paco103 (758133) | more than 5 years ago | (#27696909)

I moved to fortunecity.com years ago. Never actually had a geocities account. They were offering 100MB when I signed up, now they are offering 1GB. They also offer FTP access. My site has been on there untouched for over 10 years. The ads are a little obtrusive at times though. Back in the day it was just a single standard banner.

I felt a great disturbance in the force (5, Funny)

mysidia (191772) | more than 5 years ago | (#27696709)

As if millions of internet web pages suddenly cried out in terror and were suddenly silenced. I fear something terrible has happened....

GeoCities was 15 years old... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27696713)

Ironically, so were most of its users. GeoCities and Tripod had that certain stigma of raw young newbness, not to be confused with owning an AOL email account - that would be raw old newbness.

Wow (1)

LoudMusic (199347) | more than 5 years ago | (#27696729)

Every time I see the word "Geocities" I'm shocked that it's still around. I guess that's over now.

From Jesux: (1)

dosh8er (608167) | more than 5 years ago | (#27696741)

"no other versions will be provided by default; we feel the KJV is the only English version that can be fully trusted" -ROTFL "Optionally disable logins on Sunday, the day of rest" -What about the Seventh Day Adventists? "No encryption provided; Christians have nothing to hide" -...Right. Lemme just go ahead and see your CC#'s, and SSN. Is that serious? I wonder how long tripod (lycos) will carry on?

Anonymous Coward (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27696815)

Oh gosh, he was a quiet one.

The "GeoCities" name (1)

OakDragon (885217) | more than 5 years ago | (#27696847)

I wonder if they'll see off the domain name? Heck, why not sell it all off to someone interested in keeping it going? Unfortunately, I'll bet the market for virtual real estate is as bleak as it is for "real" real estate.

It's vs. its (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27696885)

"lowest-common-denominator", like the people who can't tell "it's" from "its"?

("... contributed to it's demise ...")

My first web page (1)

br00tus (528477) | more than 5 years ago | (#27696913)

My first web page was on Geocities - http://www.geocities.com/WallStreet/1928 [geocities.com] . Page info says it was last modified 10/17/1995 10:29:40 PM - over 13 years ago. It's a page of links to other pages on Noam Chomsky, because the main page out on the net at that time was down at that time. Every link is now broken (except perhaps the Usenet one). I even have gopher links in there. Can't say the net has improved much since then - the level of intelligent discussion has lessened, so in most ways it is worse.

If you build it, they will come... (4, Insightful)

jimbudncl (1263912) | more than 5 years ago | (#27696923)

If you don't maintain it, they will leave.

Is it over already? (1)

RevWaldo (1186281) | more than 5 years ago | (#27696949)

Seems like every GeoCities page is coming back:

Sorry, Service Temporarily Unavailable. The server is temporarily unable to service your request due to maintenance downtime or capacity problems. Please try again later.

Additionally, a 503 Service Temporarily Unavailable error was encountered while trying to use an ErrorDocument to handle the request.

Please check the URL for proper spelling and capitalization. If you're having trouble locating a destination on Yahoo!, try visiting the Yahoo! home page or look through a list of Yahoo!'s online services. Also, you may find what you're looking for if you try searching below.


Unless we slashdotted their butts..
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