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Another bit of web history's going to go.

Yahoo!'s going to close GeoCities.

I remember setting up a GeoCities account with Fez, long before the bangborging0. '94 maybe? No later than '96. A place to dump character info for the old, old unmoderated HTML chats over at the White Wolf site; chats I only ever knew by IP address because that way you didn't have to deal with the fuck-ugly frameset. First website I ever had. I ignored it soon afterwards, of course. Got myself something useless on FortuneCity in 97 or so, xoom in 99, then on to Tripod around 2001? All of this is ancient history now, but for a long time GeoCities was the premier place to go if you wanted a homepage.

And now Yahoo!'s sticking the knife in nice and quietly.

But I'll still miss goatse being where it should more.

0: So called because Yahoo! ends with an exclamation mark and they went through a period of buying out decentish free web services and making them shit.

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blinovitch
Apr. 23rd, 2009 09:36 pm (UTC)
Most of it should be stashed on Archive.org, though, right?
mythicfox
Apr. 24th, 2009 12:54 am (UTC)
Man, thinking about GeoCities reminds me of the days when they actually grouped the sites under various cities/regions. And then I remember back when I had a Hotmail address before MSN bought them and their rotating globe icon took like a few two or three minutes to load on the library computers in my high school.

And then I remember that I graduated from high school 10 years ago, and weep silently into my hands.
spudtater
Apr. 24th, 2009 10:56 am (UTC)
Me Too™

Also, I remember HamsterDance before all the hamsters SOLD OUT to the music industry.   8^)
coaldustcanary
Apr. 24th, 2009 03:07 am (UTC)
This makes me sad. I wish I could remember my original GeoCities address now... *wistful*
mythdude
Apr. 24th, 2009 03:08 am (UTC)
God, I had a site years ago and I deleted it after I realized I justposted a thousand .gifs and jpegs on it.

Godspeed, Geocities. Your cheapass websites will be missed. I mean that, really. :/
chrisondra
Apr. 24th, 2009 06:23 am (UTC)
I still have a Geocities account were friends and I stash character info and world info. I'll miss Geocities, too, and probably upgrade into Yahoo!'s domain thing, even if they are killing Geocities!

End of the Geocities era. It lasted longer than the Prodigy Classic era, though. Ah, memories... 28.8 K modem and smaller memories...
triplee
Apr. 24th, 2009 02:12 pm (UTC)
Oh damn. . . I remember Geocities. It was mostly a dumping ground and place for me to play with HTML. . . before I got a job doing web applications, and got tired of the whole process.

That must've been about 1999 or so. . . I think I had an old school Hotmail account a year before that.

This is sad, although I agree, Goatse moving is sadder. I mourned that one appropriately. You don't want to see pics.

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