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Yahoo Turning Lights Out At GeoCities

No new accounts, soon-to-come shutdown date

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GeoCities, that mainstay of the mid-to-late ’90s Internet, is about done for.  New GeoCities accounts are no longer available, and although it hasn’t yet given a specific date, Yahoo has made clear that GeoCities will be shut down sometime later this year.

Yahoo acquired GeoCities in 1999.  Not too long after, the service’s popularity pretty well took a nosedive.  Now, GeoCities finally seems to have made it onto a list of expenses that are getting cut in order to save Yahoo money and let it concentrate on different things.

Geocities Closed
 

A GeoCities Help entry explains, "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."

And sure enough, there are links (and pictures and big buttons) pointing to Yahoo Web Hosting on the GeoCities homepage.  At least Yahoo’s making any site transfers easy on users.

A hat tip goes to Marc Chacksfield for catching the GeoCities closure notifications.  Internet oldtimers who actually remember the service should consider themselves more than welcome to get nostalgic in the comments section below.

Yahoo Turning Lights Out At GeoCities
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  • Jason

    Wow, GeoCities sure does conjure up old memories. I remember my first web page- it was going to be the “coolest page ever”, it had two links, one to some Southpark .wav file clips, and I forget the other. At the bottom it said “this site will be updated with tons of awesome links shortly, check back soon” and I believe there was an animated GIF. My apologies to all those who surely checked back day after day, as alas the page never got updated and is surely long gone by now.

  • http://top-hosting.org.ua Libero

    GeoCities is both a subhosting and a subbuilder. This is a monster that must not survive.

  • http://www.bellajewelz.com Bella

    Yahoo is not good at marketing its products. They wasted a ton of money on the commercials of a cow yodeling… YAHOOOOO and that never made anyone want to use any of their services. Yahoo could be a gold mine if it was ever managed and marketed well.

  • http://www.terpslink.net Eric Neuman

    Hello,

    I ran through LinkAlarm and found had lot of geocities groups has been shut down already and I have hard time to find specific news/articles. I had about 100 geocities groups were gone and disappear.

    Eric