View Full Version : Oh By the Way, Yahoo's Closing GeoCities

04-30-2009, 11:37 PM
It's true, Yahoo's shutting down GeoCities later this year. (http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2345869,00.asp) They don't seem to be making a big deal about it, though; I had to find out about it on my pixel doll forum. I'm not sure what this will mean for writing in general (except that P & E will need to adjust the Warnings page slightly (http://www.anotherealm.com/prededitors/pubwarn.htm)), but if you're using a GeoCities page a source of information you may want to take notes and make hard copies for future reference while you can.

Matera the Mad
05-01-2009, 02:54 AM

05-01-2009, 05:07 AM
Bah, web hosting is a dime a dozen nowadays.

The Lonely One
05-01-2009, 05:09 AM
True but I think AZ Dawn is saying if you use Geocities sites for research or info for your stories you should make sure that's available in other ways.

05-01-2009, 07:03 PM
I read about this a few days ago. They're giving people plenty of time, since the earliest they'd close up is this fall. Save your data. Web hosting is pretty cheap nowadays. I think one of the biggest issues will be with people who don't have a clue how to create web pages. Geocities provided a very simple Drop-and-click method for creating sites.

I think I still have one somewhere, floating around with some old fanfic on it. Guess this is my cosmic hint to remove it from the web. :)

Matera the Mad
05-02-2009, 07:01 AM
With the way free hosts have been disappearing, I'm just wondering if Angelfire is next -- I have an old darling there, my first fractal gallery. Ah, nostalgia. It is a pain when a lot of people have linked to a site. There are still dead Fortunecity links all over the Web.

I issued a warning about Geocities last night at a site where people take grotty old fic with great seriousness (and web design with a dull spoon). I do weird things out of pity ;)

There are new free and cheap hosts all over, TG. Most of them have some kind of Hamburger Helper site building carp too.

07-17-2009, 03:11 AM
Sorry for the thread necromancy, but I've found out when GeoCities is closing: October 29, 2009 (http://help.yahoo.com/l/us/yahoo/geocities/close/close-05.html). Also, the Internet Archive is looking for GeoCities sites to put in a special colection (http://www.archive.org/web/geocities.php). Those of you who can't/don't want to transfer stuff to another host, but still want it available to everyone might consider submitting their URL to it.

07-17-2009, 04:51 AM
I have no idea geocities is still alive. I used to be on geocities... but that was over 10 years ago (1994, to be precise).

07-17-2009, 04:55 AM
who cares

07-17-2009, 04:56 AM
Oh, good. Now that abandoned fanfic site where my stuff is posted will finally disappear. ;)

07-17-2009, 05:19 AM
Ditto. I couldn't get access to my old geo site as I have no idea what country I was living in at the time and other such details they require. I thought it would haunt the internet for ever!

07-17-2009, 05:43 AM
The end of an era.

My first incarnation of "The Official Homepage of Benjamin Solah" was on there, redirected from a cjb.net domain.

I'm not surprised though, given the rise of blogs as easier ways to have a basic web presence.

07-17-2009, 07:33 PM
Christ, that brings back so many memories of when the internets weren't stupid. Okay, when they weren't AS stupid.

I didn't know it was still going all this time.

07-17-2009, 08:25 PM
I abandoned mine and now just use wordpress.com. It has my blog, about me, my cv. And it's free, too.

07-17-2009, 08:28 PM
Oh, good. Now that abandoned fanfic site where my stuff is posted will finally disappear. ;)

And I'll be free of the Sailor Moon fansite I created in 1997 and lost the login information for.