Yahoo Turning Lights Out At GeoCities

    April 23, 2009

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.