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GeoCities Shutting Down For Good

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It's the end of an era as the end is near for GeoCities.

Yahoo! today without warning updated its GeoCities page notifying visitors that new accounts are no longer available and that existing ones will be shut down by the end of the year.

“Later this year we will be closing all GeoCities accounts and web sites,” reads Yahoo!’s help section. “We have decided to discontinue the process of allowing new customers to sign up for GeoCities accounts as we focus on helping our customers explore and build new relationships online in other ways.”

“We'll provide more details about closing GeoCities and how to save your site data this summer,” the company said.

Will Yahoo! be replacing GeoCities with another free website hosting service?

“No, Yahoo! does not offer another free hosting service. Instead we recommend our award-winning Yahoo! Web Hosting service, which includes a personalized domain name (such as widgetdesigns.com) and matching email, new site building tools, unlimited disk space and bandwidth, premium customer support, and more.”

It seems the internet has moved away from providing users with an open playground such as GeoCities and towards more structured, uniform systems such as MySpace.

Did you have a GeoCities website? Is it still online? If so, share it with us in the comments!

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    afrobacon , April 24, 2009 10:15 PM
    I had one several years back for a couple days; I think it just had a bio of how I wanted to be a pirate-ninja when I grew up... Got bored, moved onto better things...
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    Anonymous , April 24, 2009 10:20 PM
    I still have my geocities site up. Even though I haven't updated it for years, I still show it to people to read some old stuff I used to write. Guess that means I'm gonna have to download all of the data and store it somewhere else. :( 
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    Marcus Yam , April 24, 2009 10:36 PM
    afrobaconI had one several years back for a couple days; I think it just had a bio of how I wanted to be a pirate-ninja when I grew up... Got bored, moved onto better things...

    I dunno man, there really isn't anything better that you can move onto other than aspiring to be a pirate-ninja.
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    michaelahess , April 24, 2009 10:49 PM
    That's why I've always had my own web servers, don't need to worry about changes or shutdowns.
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    mrubermonkey , April 24, 2009 11:31 PM
    The internet is what you make of it.
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    thomasxstewart , April 24, 2009 11:59 PM
    Heres' Mine. People wonder About Post Commentos On theINQUIRER.net

    http://www.geocities.com/tsvondrashekmd/THOMASSTEWART.html

    Signed:p HYSICIAN THOMAS STEWART von DRASHEK M.D.
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    deltatux , April 24, 2009 11:59 PM
    Started learning HTML with GeoCities. Ever since I learned PHP, I moved off to cPanel powered webhosts.
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    Maxor127 , April 25, 2009 1:40 AM
    beuchevyI still have my geocities site up. Even though I haven't updated it for years, I still show it to people to read some old stuff I used to write. Guess that means I'm gonna have to download all of the data and store it somewhere else.

    Me too. Oh well.
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    crystal_tech , April 25, 2009 2:14 AM
    hmm i wonder whats going to happen to all that data if they will delete it or filter through it and sell info. (if you read the terms they own your page and what ever you put on it)
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    Anonymous , April 25, 2009 6:59 AM
    NOOOO!!! :'( 
    I've been keeping my friends geo site up for years by visiting it periodically... I told him a couple years after he thought it died that I was doing that, he was soo pissed. Guess he'll win in the end (he lost all ability to modify the site long ago) :( 
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    lejay , April 25, 2009 7:42 AM
    afrobaconI had one several years back for a couple days; I think it just had a bio of how I wanted to be a pirate-ninja when I grew up... Got bored, moved onto better things...


    There are better things than pirate-ninjas?
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    resonance451 , April 25, 2009 10:44 AM
    As god-awful as many of the sites were (and I mean atrociously designed) there are a lot of great independent sites set up on services like GeoCities, which I've used as resources. I hope they don't end up entirely disappearing as a result.
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    chrissd , April 25, 2009 10:48 AM
    What many people dont know is that Geocities was one of the first web hosting companies back in 1994-95 when internet was mostly a university network. That is really an "end of an era".

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    Anonymous , April 25, 2009 2:56 PM
    yes, me too have a site still running... sad if they will shutdown... sad sad sad...
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    voidrunner , April 25, 2009 3:13 PM
    chrissdWhat many people dont know is that Geocities was one of the first web hosting companies back in 1994-95 when internet was mostly a university network. That is really an "end of an era".

    so true. i don't know what i would be doing now if it wasn't for Geocities. I was introduced to the concept of web development (however limited) by a highschool friend who made me a Geocities account in 97.
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    Mr_Man , April 25, 2009 3:23 PM
    I've been using it since probably 1998, but a few years ago I took the site down and just kept it so I could host a couple of files for other sites. Good thing I read this so I know to grab the stuff off of there.
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    megamanx00 , April 25, 2009 3:26 PM
    Yeah I use to put up Geocities sites when I was bored. They really fell behind the times though with their limited offerings and clumsy, intrusive advertising. There are alot of free hosting services now with less intrusive advertising, and even a few that let you host a small MySQL database and run some PHP code.

    Even then hosting fees are so low now, if you really want to put up a website you can afford to pay at least like $8/mo for something ipowerweb.
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    NuclearShadow , April 25, 2009 6:28 PM
    This is great news as it will effect a real dickhead I use to deal with years ago. In your face Dexter Loxley! Where's your messiah now?
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    goonting , April 25, 2009 11:02 PM
    surely going to miss it... i had mine since way back 1996 on geocities
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    city_zen , April 25, 2009 11:10 PM
    chrissdWhat many people dont know is that Geocities was one of the first web hosting companies back in 1994-95 when internet was mostly a university network. That is really an "end of an era".


    I agree 100%

    I DID have a Geocities website a long, long time ago. Just a home page that I think I wrote using Word 97 ... LOL

    Anyway, fret not, people. Geocities may be gone, but there are a lot of free alternatives (some of them actually decent). Take a look at:
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