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Geocities Shutting Down Today

kdawson posted more than 4 years ago | from the goodbye-and-thanks-for-all-the-blinkies dept.

The Internet 396

Paolo DF writes "Geocities is closing today. Its advent in 1995 was a sign of the rising 'Internet for everyone' era, when connection speeds were 1,000x or 2,000x slower than is common today. You may love it or hate it, but millions of people had their first contact with a Web presence right here. I know that Geocities is something that most Slashdotters will see as a n00b thing — the Internet was fine before Geocities — but nevertheless I think that some credit is due. Heck, there's even a modified xkcd homepage to mark the occasion." Reader commodore64_love notes a few more tributes around the Web. Last spring we discussed Yahoo's announcment that Geocities would be going away.

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Internet Archived; Time to Move On (4, Insightful)

eldavojohn (898314) | more than 4 years ago | (#29873933)

Most memories of Grandpa have been archived [archive.org] . It's time to pull the plug. RIP you browser crashing old coot.

Re:Internet Archived; Time to Move On (0, Troll)

commodore64_love (1445365) | more than 4 years ago | (#29874113)

I'm annoyed. Geocities was a convenient place for me to dump files I needed to access from home or work. It was also more customizable than Livejournal or Facebook.

I'm not going to show you my site but I used to greet my visitors with this audio: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z5p15NoBKmo [youtube.com] "Another visitor. Stay awhile. Staaaaay forever!"

Re:Internet Archived; Time to Move On (-1, Offtopic)

JamesP (688957) | more than 4 years ago | (#29874217)

You can sign up for a hosting plan for like $20 per year with a huuuuuuge amount of space and ftp/etc or email files through gmail

Re:Internet Archived; Time to Move On (2)

AndrewNeo (979708) | more than 4 years ago | (#29874387)

You might like something like Dropbox [getdropbox.com] where you get space, automatic synchronization, and web access to the files.

Re:Internet Archived; Time to Move On (1)

Skrynkelberg (910137) | more than 4 years ago | (#29874455)

Funny, I was just about to suggest that, logged in, and there was already a recommendation. But yeah, dropbox is very good, you get 2 GB of free storage and it is about as user-friendly as it can get.

Re:Internet Archived; Time to Move On (5, Funny)

sopssa (1498795) | more than 4 years ago | (#29874451)

I'm annoyed. Geocities was a convenient place for me to dump files I needed to access from home or work. It was also more customizable than Livejournal or Facebook.

http://games.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=1416685&cid=29855905 [slashdot.org]

First off, I think we should disclose who we work for. I work for the a defense contractor that builds tanks. You probably work for RIAA or some other content company.

And still we wonder why secret stuff leaks :)

Re:Internet Archived; Time to Move On (3, Insightful)

nametaken (610866) | more than 4 years ago | (#29874143)

Meh, it paved the way for the horrors of design and content that replaced it... MySpace and blogs. We've still got those.

Re:Internet Archived; Time to Move On (1)

Steauengeglase (512315) | more than 4 years ago | (#29874323)

Except no one is writing their own MySpace layout, you just copy a bunch of CSS from some template site.

Re:Internet Archived; Time to Move On (1)

Xtravar (725372) | more than 4 years ago | (#29874367)

That's not a whole lot different from how people made Geocities pages.

Re:Internet Archived; Time to Move On (4, Funny)

Canazza (1428553) | more than 4 years ago | (#29874483)

People *made* Geocities pages? I thought they just typed random stuff in MS Frontpage...

Re:Internet Archived; Time to Move On (4, Funny)

spun (1352) | more than 4 years ago | (#29874421)

Except no one is writing their own MySpace layout, you just copy a bunch of CSS from some template site.

So rather than inventing their own ugly, people can copy-paste generic pre-made ugly. Ah, the wonders of progress...

N00b thing? (4, Insightful)

pclminion (145572) | more than 4 years ago | (#29873965)

Let's not get all full of ourselves here. We might go way back, but to say that the majority of Slashdotters were online BEFORE Geocities is probably stretching it. I was on the Internet before 1995, and I don't think of Geocities as a "n00b thing." 14 years ago isn't exactly a blink of the eye.

Re:N00b thing? (5, Informative)

LWATCDR (28044) | more than 4 years ago | (#29874027)

Has it been that long?
Can someone help me install Trumpet Winsock so I can get my Windows 3.11 system in the internet using PPP?

Re:N00b thing? (3, Insightful)

flitty (981864) | more than 4 years ago | (#29874159)

"Winsock"

That word is a swearword to anybody who was new to networking at the time.

Re:N00b thing? (5, Funny)

Lumpy (12016) | more than 4 years ago | (#29874187)

Sure can! There's a Pirated copy of the latest version on the BBS at 455-343-2121 use the username: P1rat3s and the Password of :arrrrgh! It's under the utilities section.

They only have 3 lines so try late at night or keep redialing.

While you are there try the new linux thing. You can download the first disk set of yggdrasl there. It's really cool!

Re:N00b thing? (4, Insightful)

dunkelfalke (91624) | more than 4 years ago | (#29874461)

Trumpet Winsock wasn't exactly a problem, every computer magazine with a cd had it and Netscape Navigator 1.0 on it. But I had to download the Internet Access Kit and the PPP driver for OS/2 Warp at some BBS.

Aah, what a time. Back then IBM WebExplorer was a decent browser and MSIE was not even in planning.

Re:N00b thing? (1)

demonbug (309515) | more than 4 years ago | (#29874231)

Ah yes, Trumpet Winsock... brings up great memories of Saturday morning Warcraft 2-fests against/with my mac-loving friend across town.

I don't recall needing it to get on the internet, but I may have been doing more BBSes than internet back then.

Re:N00b thing? (1)

bennomatic (691188) | more than 4 years ago | (#29874365)

Dood, throw away Winsock and get Chameleon. It's waaay better and easier to configure.

Re:N00b thing? (1)

pbrooks100 (778828) | more than 4 years ago | (#29874403)

Has it been that long? Can someone help me install Trumpet Winsock so I can get my Windows 3.11 system in the internet using PPP?

PPP is not reliable, try using SLIP.

Re:N00b thing? (3, Interesting)

commodore64_love (1445365) | more than 4 years ago | (#29874409)

I hate using MS-DOS with the Windows overlay.

On a Commodore all you need to do is shove a cartridge in the rear and run an ethernet cable into it. Plug'n'play in 1982 baby! ;-)

Re:N00b thing? (1)

eleuthero (812560) | more than 4 years ago | (#29874057)

My first memories are of a lynx text browser - and yet it was still somehow possible to create a geocities site that way.

Re:N00b thing? (4, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29874093)

Amen - sure, Geocities lowered the barrier to constructing content (in the sense that you didn't need a shell account or to know how to use one), but you still needed to figure out HTML. You still needed to be a little bit geeky.

The full "social networks" that came after Geocities, those are what lowered the barrier to the degree where it's a "n00b thing."

Re:N00b thing? (3, Funny)

c0d3g33k (102699) | more than 4 years ago | (#29874265)

Hey look - it's a low UID reunion!

Re:N00b thing? (5, Funny)

Andy Dodd (701) | more than 4 years ago | (#29874321)

I don't see any low UIDs, young grasshopper...

Re:N00b thing? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29874467)

Pwned. It also makes me weep that I never saw fit to get an account when I was younger.

"Slashdot? Pfft. It'll never last."

Re:N00b thing? (1)

Thanshin (1188877) | more than 4 years ago | (#29874465)

I think "senior citizen" is the politically correct term.

Re:N00b thing? (1)

commodore64_love (1445365) | more than 4 years ago | (#29874337)

Yes Geocities was pretty early in the history of the Web. I first got Mosaic on my Amiga late-1993, and the Geocities company was founded only one year later.

Re:N00b thing? (5, Insightful)

MobyDisk (75490) | more than 4 years ago | (#29874349)

I think you misunderstood the n00b comment.

I don't think they meant that people who joined the internet during or after Geocities are n00bs. It meant that Geocities was a way for n00bs to join the internet. Geocities was a point of entry for people who wanted a web page but didn't know HTML, or know what an ISP was, and couldn't pay monthly fees. It was a place where the tag found popularity, full of obnoxious backgrounds, and embedded sound effects. It was a place for n00bs.

Basically, it was like MySpace.

Re:N00b thing? (1)

MobyDisk (75490) | more than 4 years ago | (#29874383)

Slashdot removed my marquee tag. :-)
"It was a place where <marquee> found popularity."

Re:N00b thing? (4, Interesting)

Skuld-Chan (302449) | more than 4 years ago | (#29874463)

I do remember when geocities came online. I was still using Windows 3.1 (really hadn't played with linux much) and had a shell connection to a Solaris machine run by Oregon EDNET (compass). If you search around google you'll find references to that.

Anyhow I thought it was cool they were basically giving away website space for free. The original version of it wasn't a banner, popup encursted nightmare - those came later, probably when someone who worked there woke up one day and asked themselves how it was going to make money.

For sure - my first website ever was on geocities.

Re:N00b thing? (5, Interesting)

Amorpheus_MMS (653095) | more than 4 years ago | (#29874485)

I'm sure fourteen years must be close to an Internet Millennium.

Re:N00b thing? (1)

DikSeaCup (767041) | more than 4 years ago | (#29874551)

We are finally moving from the Age of Geocities to ... what? We've been in the Age of Google for a while.

Maybe it's different for different products; like for search engines there was the Age of Lycos, and now the Age of Google (of course I might also argue there was an Age of DejaNews).

Re:N00b thing? (4, Informative)

br00tus (528477) | more than 4 years ago | (#29874549)

I agree. In 1993 I heard about lynx and the World Wide Web, but when I checked it out and compared it to UMN's UNIX gopher client and gopherspace, it did not compare well at all, gopherspace was far superior with much more content, search engines like Archie and Veronica etc.

In November 1994 Netscape released its first beta, in December its first full version. For me, this was really when the web began to look more interesting - Navigator was well-made, there was graphical content and so forth. Also, don't forget, Navigator could use the Gopher protocol (my Firefox still can - Aerv.nl [aerv.nl] . From early 1995 on, you began to see an explosion of web content.

As far as hosting - in early 1996 I began working at an ISP which charged $50 a month for 10 megabytes of disk space, and the use of CGI, email and so forth was extra. And we were real cheap compared to some local competitors - people came flooding in to use us. Geocities began offering free (with advertising, a Geocities URL etc.) web pages in mid-1995, I created one in October 1995, as I certainly could not afford to shell out $50 a month for my web page back then. There was nothing really n00b about Geocities, Craigslist's web page did not have HTML as a job requirement when Geocities launched, in fact, Craigslist did not have a web page until 1996, the year after Geocities launched.

Not how I remember it... (1, Flamebait)

Kenja (541830) | more than 4 years ago | (#29873977)

My recollection was that anything hosted on a geocities page was trojan riddled junk. If a site somehow actually gained popularity, it was defaced overnight due to the poor security geocities provided.

They where kinda the AOL of the web....

I guess (0)

Mattskimo (1452429) | more than 4 years ago | (#29873991)

The promise of my website being "under construction" never came true. It's probably been taken down, havn't looked at it since about '99. Damn... over 10 years. I'm getting old.

I suspect for many it was their first foray... (1, Interesting)

fprintf (82740) | more than 4 years ago | (#29873993)

Much like MySpace and Facebook are the first online foray for young adults & kids now, GeoCities was at one time the first entry point for many of us.

I remember reading a magazine telling all about this new thing called the "World Wide Web", and one of the highlighted links (yes, a magazine printed a list of links) was GeoCities. I was on of the first users at the time and setup my site, www.geocities.com/MotorCity/1108, at the time. In fact, this was my second site since the first I forgot the login for... much like low UIDs, not one valued low geocities addresses back then, and I'm not sure if they ever did.

It was an awesome introduction to HTML and I think served a lot of us very well.

Re:I suspect for many it was their first foray... (2, Interesting)

The Moof (859402) | more than 4 years ago | (#29874171)

I'd say more MySpace than Facebook due to MySpace giving you enough control to make visually abusive pages and 'Theme Sites' injecting ads everywhere.

Re:I suspect for many it was their first foray... (1)

commodore64_love (1445365) | more than 4 years ago | (#29874437)

>>>www.geocities.com/MotorCity/1108

If you paid a dollar a month you could have changed this to something useful like geocities.com/fprintf

WTF Yahoo! (5, Funny)

clinko (232501) | more than 4 years ago | (#29873995)

WTF! Didn't they see my gif saying my site was under construction!

XKCD (-1, Redundant)

KenAndCorey (581410) | more than 4 years ago | (#29874059)

XKCD [xkcd.com] has a lovely tribute to it today as well.

Re:XKCD (5, Funny)

agentgonzo (1026204) | more than 4 years ago | (#29874107)

XKCD [xkcd.com] has a lovely tribute to it today as well.

... which it says in the summary. I know a lot of people on here don't RTFA, but to not read the summary either??? What exactly do you read?

Re:XKCD (2, Funny)

Sebilrazen (870600) | more than 4 years ago | (#29874313)

"Reply to This?"

Re:XKCD (1)

houghi (78078) | more than 4 years ago | (#29874317)

Well, the URL was in the summery. Wait! What?

Re:XKCD (1)

JustOK (667959) | more than 4 years ago | (#29874347)

you must be new here.

Re:XKCD (3, Funny)

bertoelcon (1557907) | more than 4 years ago | (#29874439)

I have seen people not even read TFT. (The Full Title)

Re:XKCD (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29874137)

The thing I find most disturbing about that "tribute"...

It renders!

Re:WTF Yahoo! (1)

Monkeedude1212 (1560403) | more than 4 years ago | (#29874089)

Me too, I even had a message scrolling by in Marquee saying it's still a work in progress!

Re:WTF Yahoo! (5, Informative)

CharlyFoxtrot (1607527) | more than 4 years ago | (#29874111)

At least they archived all the "under construction" gifs [textfiles.com] (WARNING: clicking on that link may be dangerous to your mental health.) If anyone's interested this [metafilter.com] metafilter thread has the story of the guy who created the first of these gifs about halfway in.

Re:WTF Yahoo! (1)

The Archon V2.0 (782634) | more than 4 years ago | (#29874247)

At least they archived all the "under construction" gifs [textfiles.com] (WARNING: clicking on that link may be dangerous to your mental health.)

Ah, the wonders of a blind text search. I recognize one of them [textfiles.com] as being not an "under construction" banner, but part of a screenshot [lemon64.com] from "Ultimate Wizard", presumably extracted for a fansite that wanted to replicate UW's mainpage.

I KNEW all my years before various level editors would eventually come in handy!

Re:WTF Yahoo! (1)

Skrynkelberg (910137) | more than 4 years ago | (#29874543)

Is there a "slashdotted" .gif? They appear to need one of those now.

Moo (2, Funny)

Chacham (981) | more than 4 years ago | (#29873997)

Fat Cat: I'd commemorate this by linking to my page on Geocities, but, well...

Re:Moo (1)

Chacham (981) | more than 4 years ago | (#29874049)

</BLINK></BLINK></BLINK></CENTER></CENTER></CENTER></h1></H1></H1></H2></H2></H2></H3></H3></H3></H4></H4></H4></H5></H5></H5></H6></H6></H6></H6>Fat Cat:

The wonders of Internet for Everyone (1)

pwilli (1102893) | more than 4 years ago | (#29874005)

Heck, there's even a modified xkcd homepage to mark the occasion.

I almost forgot why I stayed away from geocities hosted websites whenever possible.

Thanks xkcd for reminding me one last time!

check the source. (5, Informative)

jointm1k (591234) | more than 4 years ago | (#29874019)

Heck, there's even a modified xkcd homepage to mark the occasion."

<HTML WEB="2.0">
<HEAD>
<TITLE>

...

</HTML>
GOTO 10

Re:check the source. (1)

CuriHP (741480) | more than 4 years ago | (#29874393)

And you're not even going to mention the

INT MAIN(VOID) { COUT "\

at the top?

Re:check the source. (4, Interesting)

Tony Hoyle (11698) | more than 4 years ago | (#29874559)

I liked the

<SCRIPT LANGUAGE='SCHEME'>(define (eval exp env) (cond ((self-evaluating? exp) exp) ((variable? exp) (lookup-variable-value exp env)) ((quoted? exp) (text-of-quotation exp)) ((assignment? exp) (eval-assignment exp env)) ((definition? exp) (eval-definition exp env)) ((if? exp) (eval-if exp env)) ((lambda? exp) (make-procedure (lambda-parameters exp) (lambda-body exp) env)) ((begin? exp) (eval-sequence (begin-actions exp) env)) ((cond? exp) (eval (cond->if exp) env)) ((application? exp) (apply (eval (operator exp) env) (list-of-values (operands exp) env))) (else (error "Common Lisp or Netscape Navigator 4.0+ Required" exp))))</SCRIPT>

It Feels like a wave crashing over me... (1)

Monkeedude1212 (1560403) | more than 4 years ago | (#29874025)

But I don't know if its Nostalgia or Relief...

Too bad (5, Insightful)

DogDude (805747) | more than 4 years ago | (#29874029)

I think it's too bad. Geocities really did make it easy to get a web page online, and is arguably, still one of the easiest ways for *anybody* to get information out there. The beauty of the early web was that there was a lot of weird information that was often maintained by a single person with a passion for, say, peanut butter flavored roller skates. I see the web becoming increasing homogenized today, with lots and lots of interlinking, and less interesting, weird unique content. Despite their annoying JS ads, I'll still miss Geocities.

Re:Too bad (2, Interesting)

CharlyFoxtrot (1607527) | more than 4 years ago | (#29874193)

It had some really interesting sites for its day. Like this one [geocities.com] I found just the other day with a chronology of Asimov's Foundation universe and a list of characters not updated in over 10 years. Soon to be lost in the ether or stuck in some archive somewhere I guess.

Re:Too bad (3, Interesting)

Aladrin (926209) | more than 4 years ago | (#29874375)

I don't think there's less unique content. I think there's -more- non-unique content. You're just having trouble finding the unique content because you're traveling in the well-known circles. I still find plenty of things that only return a few results in Google that are actually for what I want.

And the fact that things are repeated isn't bad, either. The other day I wanted to know how to thicken honey. I buy 'spreadable' honey at the store, but I prefer the taste of some other more earthy honeys and want them spreadable. Turns out it's called 'whipped honey' by most people and you actually don't -add- anything to it. Because there are a dozen or so sites about it, 1 of them actually managed to hit enough that my keywords found it. If there had been only 1 site, I probably would still be wondering a year from now.

Re:Too bad (4, Interesting)

smellsofbikes (890263) | more than 4 years ago | (#29874413)

I've heard a lot of people make the claim that the Internet is less interesting than it used to be, because there are less people making webpages about peanut-butter-flavored roller skates, but I wonder if that's true. I think it's more an issue of dilution: there are 100x as many people online as there were 10 years ago, and almost all of them are boring mundane people making boring mundane webpages, so the interesting (and, in my judgment, *useful*) pages are just much harder to find. But for all the people who *want* to read about the latest celebrity mishap, the Internet is probably becoming *more* useful. Speaking as someone who has more than my share of weird micro-interest webpages online, and has since 1996, I'm getting consistently increasing traffic and when I do a search on the sort of subjects my pages are about, I find consistently increasing numbers of similar pages, but neither the interest nor the other pages are increasing at anywhere nearly how quickly the Internet as a whole is increasing. I figure we're just getting lost in the noise, which is fine as long as the info is still out there. However, if people have evidence that the little weird quirky pages are actually disappearing, rather than just getting swamped, I'd love to hear about it.

Re: xkcd (1)

damn_registrars (1103043) | more than 4 years ago | (#29874043)

Is that a javascript'ed blink "tag" they are using? I thought most browsers didn't acknowledge that tag in HTML anymore...

And why on earth am I seeing a banner ad here on the slashdot comment page that says geocities?

Re: xkcd (1, Flamebait)

Neil Hodges (960909) | more than 4 years ago | (#29874101)

It's called CSS. You might want to learn it sometime.

<TD><FONT COLOR="#bababa"><span style="text-decoration:blink;"><BLINK><A HREF="http://dynamic.xkcd.com/random/comic/" id="rnd_btn_t">rAnDoM</A></span></BLINK>

Re: xkcd (1)

xgr3gx (1068984) | more than 4 years ago | (#29874195)

I'm using Opera - both blink and scroll are working ;)

Re: xkcd (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29874251)

Quick test with Firefox 3.5.3 and a file with only

<blink>TEST</blink>

as content proofs: web standards are for pussies, real browsers handle everything.

Skulls.. (1)

Sporkinum (655143) | more than 4 years ago | (#29874053)

Long live the rotating,flaming skull!

Ah Geocities, farewell (5, Interesting)

ZekoMal (1404259) | more than 4 years ago | (#29874061)

I'm a noob I s'pose; geocities was my entry into the internet. For me, that was how I learned all the HTML codes: I would type in what I thought would look good, check out the end result, then go back and fix it up. Most of the content wasn't that good, but you could find all sorts of little gems with enough searching. Can't even recall how many custom Doom/Heretic levels I found thanks to geocities...

Goodbye, Jesux (4, Funny)

hondo77 (324058) | more than 4 years ago | (#29874063)

I'm going to miss Jesux [geocities.com] , the born-again Linux.

Slashdot killed Geocities faster than Yahoo! (1)

Yvan256 (722131) | more than 4 years ago | (#29874503)

Sorry, Service Temporarily Unavailable.

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

I'm going to bet 20$ on "capacity problems".

Rest in peace (1)

CorporateSuit (1319461) | more than 4 years ago | (#29874069)

I'll miss you http://www.geocities.com/TimesSquare/5568/index.html [geocities.com] . You taught me HTML which helped me get my first IT job, and helped girls stalk me 8 years later after I forgot you existed, because in my pupal years, I had no concerns of privacy. May your green background with blinking red letters sleep soundly knowing they successfully burned over 200,000 retinas (according to my web counter) if people clicked on the "Don't click on this link!" link.

Well... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29874077)

...I guess you could say this is the end of an error?

Now we begin (1)

al0ha (1262684) | more than 4 years ago | (#29874087)

the countdown to the demise of Facebook! Can't happen soon enough. 'Nuff said.

So Long and Thanks for all the Blink Tags! (5, Funny)

Kagato (116051) | more than 4 years ago | (#29874095)

So Long and Thanks for all the Blink Tags!

xkcd (2)

Bootsy Collins (549938) | more than 4 years ago | (#29874099)

Hah. I came to /. today just to see if someone had posted the xkcd geocities tribute. Everything from the background, the revolving "@" symbol, the under construction GIFs, and especially the malformed HTML coming across as text content, is exceptionally well done.

Re:xkcd (1)

confused one (671304) | more than 4 years ago | (#29874291)

Exceptionally well done, hurt my eyes and gave me a headache, and reminded me why I started avoiding Geocities a long time ago.

Re:xkcd (1)

MonsterTrimble (1205334) | more than 4 years ago | (#29874511)

Agreed. XKCD's webpage today is both an epic fail and an epic pass.

Personally, I will raise a glass to Geocities today. It was my first personal webpage back in 1996 when I only had the Unix lab on the 5th floor of the U of Manitoba's Engineering building. Looking back the net was the wild west and Geocities was a boomtown then. Everyone had come into town and set up shop. There was some good pages, some bad pages and some truly awful pages but it was a low barrier to entry and allowed pretty much everyone to sort this new world out.

Re:xkcd (1)

brentonboy (1067468) | more than 4 years ago | (#29874535)

I liked the IE5 icon next to the text recommending Netscape Navigator 4.7 in 800x480.

Source code (3, Informative)

Travbrack (1526737) | more than 4 years ago | (#29874145)

Check out the source code, good stuff:

{HTML WEB="2.0"}
{SCRIPT LANGUAGE="QBASIC">IF $BROWSER = "IE" THEN GOTO 50{/SCRIPT}
{TABLE BORDER="5" CELLPADDING="5" SHELL="REGEDIT.EXE"}

Re:Source code (1)

Reapman (740286) | more than 4 years ago | (#29874263)

Wowa, thank's for pointing that out I would have missed it otherwise. The work and thinking behind XKCD is both amazing and scary at the same time.

I guess I'm falling under the old timer category now, because damn this makes me nastalgic for things like being amazed at this HTML stuff learning it in high school and being amazed at how much better Netscape Navigator was from Mosaic.

Re:Source code (1)

ppz003 (797487) | more than 4 years ago | (#29874493)

And my personal favorite

<SCRIPT LANGUAGE='SCHEME'>(define (eval exp env) (cond ((self-evaluating? exp) exp) ((variable? exp) (lookup-variable-value exp env)) ((quoted? exp) (text-of-quotation exp)) ((assignment? exp) (eval-assignment exp env)) ((definition? exp) (eval-definition exp env)) ((if? exp) (eval-if exp env)) ((lambda? exp) (make-procedure (lambda-parameters exp) (lambda-body exp) env)) ((begin? exp) (eval-sequence (begin-actions exp) env)) ((cond? exp) (eval (cond->if exp) env)) ((application? exp) (apply (eval (operator exp) env) (list-of-values (operands exp) env))) (else (error "Common Lisp or Netscape Navigator 4.0+ Required" exp))))</SCRIPT>

R.I.P. (3, Insightful)

ari_j (90255) | more than 4 years ago | (#29874173)

I am hopeful that any information I may need that was only ever hosted on some guy's Geocities site (probably in SiliconValley) has been archived. There is a lot of it, from information about microcontroller programming to Old English word lists and grammar lessons, that up to last week I ended up at some geocities.com address for. It hosted a lot more than just nested blink and marquee tags.

Got to give credit where credit is due... (4, Interesting)

sean_nestor (781844) | more than 4 years ago | (#29874175)

Say what you want about aesthetics, but Geocities gave a lot of young people (myself included) their first taste of web design. Long before cookie-cutter social networking sites made web coding languages trivial, services like Geocities and Angelfire were giving people all the tools to build a personal web site with. Sure, they weren't all winners [seanbaby.com] (by a long shot [gvsu.edu] ), but there were enough diamonds in the rough that I still have a soft spot for the days when a lot of young kids actually bothered to learn HTML and CSS so they could make their page look a little nicer.

We often overlook the idea of using web sites as a form of expression, but that's exactly what a lot of the self-made websites were back then. And I remember seeing a lot of really amazing layouts being made by people who otherwise had no interest in anything techy, a little after CSS hit the mainstream.

Say what you will, but Geocities got a lot of young people - myself included - to get their hands dirty with web design. I, for one, will miss it.

Re:Got to give credit where credit is due... (1)

Dalzhim (1588707) | more than 4 years ago | (#29874415)

Agreed, I had the motivation to learn HTML because I was able to have it hosted online for free with services such as Geocities and Angelfire when I was starting highschool back then.

Re:Got to give credit where credit is due... (1)

DarthVain (724186) | more than 4 years ago | (#29874523)

LOL forgot about Angelfire!

I also remember people used to use these sites to host pirated stuff before there were torrents and the like.

Sure they would get taken down pretty quickly, but while they were up it was "come and get it while you still can!"

I wonder... (1)

Seakip18 (1106315) | more than 4 years ago | (#29874205)

How many links are going to broken after today? Then again, is there anything out there that hasn't been improved and stored away somewhere else?

Re:I wonder... (1)

Hadlock (143607) | more than 4 years ago | (#29874423)

I think vmex, the source engine map decompiler, is/was hosted at geocities. I've got a local copy of the zip file, but I know the mirrors (which were linked to from the geocities site) were down, which is going to hurt new mappers to the community. The geocities site is linked from Valve's developer wiki even.

Oldfart? (2)

oldhack (1037484) | more than 4 years ago | (#29874207)

Those eyesores were kinda comforting.

Yahoo mail being down? (1)

Datomes (1664835) | more than 4 years ago | (#29874229)

Anyone notice that Yahoo mail was down for hours just now? Suppose that had something to do with geocities going offline? Wondering if it only affected geocities site owners.

Loved the old Geocities (2, Interesting)

thetoadwarrior (1268702) | more than 4 years ago | (#29874271)

I first started on some site I can't even remember but it was super basic so I moved to Tripod and then also opened up some stuff on Geocities.

There was a load of shit on Geocities especially after Yahoo bought them but it was also full of tons of useful info. After all that's all some people had to share info and all sites were ugly even if most were but let's face it the web in general is a bit ugly compared to now.

Geocities could at least give people a platform to learn web design and development. You don't get that really with most social sites these days and most people's myspace site is ugly as sin so in some ways we haven't really advanced.

This is the way the world ends (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29874289)

Not with a bang but a whimper.

Nastalgia in order (1)

palmerj3 (900866) | more than 4 years ago | (#29874301)

We don't need Geocities to remember what the web looked like in the 1990's.

We can all remember what the web used to look like in the 1990's just by continuing to use IE6. Thanks corporate America (and Grandma) for helping us remember what the web looked like over a decade ago.

Marking the occasion (5, Funny)

macbuzz01 (1074795) | more than 4 years ago | (#29874329)

Based on the design, it looks like slashdot is marking the occasion too....what....it always looks like this?

Geospam (2, Insightful)

hardihoot (1044510) | more than 4 years ago | (#29874363)

Failing to turn any significant profit from all of those pop-ups and banner ads (in fact, there's questions about whether GeoCities was ever cash-flow positive), the purchase -- or perhaps Yahoo's inaction once GeoCities was acquired -- turned out to be one of the company's most costly mistakes.

Yahoo is encouraging the relatively few remaining users to transition their accounts to the company's $5-per-month Web hosting service.

All of those pop-ups and banner ads is the reason why I steered clear of Geocities. I made certain to exclude Geocities from all internet searches. If you pop an ad up in my face I will make a personal note never to buy, promote, or recommend the advertised item.

not that different from MySpace, Facebook (1)

jipn4 (1367823) | more than 4 years ago | (#29874405)

Geocities wasn't all that different from MySpace and Facebook: it gave people a simple way to create a web presence. It was lacking the "viral" aspect of the social networking sites, but arguably, that may have been a good thing...

Geocities was my first... (1)

MikePo (579147) | more than 4 years ago | (#29874435)

Although it seems like ages ago now, Geocities was my first web presence. In my youth I set up a web site dedicated to wolves, I can’t even recall the name of it, but I was in high school and Geocities was free, the perfect fit. It helped me develop a foreign language called HTML and gave me a basic understanding of websites. Although I eventually out grew the site and moved on to dedicated hosting solutions for future endeavors, it is still sad to see the service close.

While there are some obvious limitations to Geocities and the very annoying advertisements you could not beat the price, great starter service.

Goodbye Geocities, you'll be missed by me.

Geocities' Death Soliloquy (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29874457)

"I've... seen things you people wouldn't believe. Web pages on fire with LinkExchange banners... I've watched blink tags... glitter in the dark near Area51/Vault... All those moments will be lost... in time. Like tears... in the bitbucket... Time to shut down..."

I know I am going to regret this... (2, Informative)

DarthVain (724186) | more than 4 years ago | (#29874469)

http://www.geocities.com/darthvain/ [geocities.com]

As much as geocities is horrible I don't think it holds a candle to "Myspace" web monstrosities with music and flashing crap. Geocities was good because it was the first big thing that let you host "stuff" for free. Now freehosting services are a dime a dozen, geocities isn't really needed, not to mention the myspaces and facebooks of the world now. However back in the day, if you didn't want to pay to host your own stuff, or didn't want to mess around a lot of dynamic IPs, host updaters, and setting up a private webserver and dns server (or pay for web creation software, or even bother to learn html) for the absolute free experience for a personal web page geocities was there. Again, now there are tons of free services out there, and pay ones that are not nearly as expensive as they used to be. Most noobs used it to basically say "Hi look at me, I am on the web!" which was served by MySpace and now Facebook really. ...and before you respond yes I know my geocities site is crap and I haven't updated it in years. Don't judge me, I was weak. :)

Here is an actual geocities site going away today (1)

Ron_Fitzgerald (1101005) | more than 4 years ago | (#29874499)

http://www.geocities.com/wfdhayride/ [geocities.com] I just got signed on to redo this site but I am thinking I will stay nostalgic.

Web Design? Web cobble-together. GeoShitties, ~73 (1)

wowbagger (69688) | more than 4 years ago | (#29874517)

Several people have said "Geocities gave people their first exposure to web design."

Web Design? How about "Web cobble-together-with-used-duck-tape-and-old-bubblegum" (and yes, I meant to use "duck" rather than "duct").

Geoshitties encouraged almost every BAD idea for web site implementation there was.

So, I give a "NOT fond regards" (~73) to Geoshitties - sing it with me:
Na Na Na Na
Na NA NA NA
Hey Hey Hey
GoodBye!

Re:Web Design? Web cobble-together. GeoShitties, ~ (2)

lordandmaker (960504) | more than 4 years ago | (#29874561)

Yeah, but it was bad in a harmless, almost innocent way. Not like MySpace which is plain offensive.

Geocities was a primary school kid drawing a fire engine, that sort of thing. Myspace is a bunch of secondary school kids repeatedly etching their names into the bus windows.
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