History Main / GeoCities

16th Feb '13 10:56:24 AM justanid
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[[quoteright:326:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/FirstGeocitiesYahoo_5693.png]] [[caption-width-right:316:Launcher of a Thousand [=GIFs=]]] Once upon a time in 1994, entrepreneurs David Bohnett and John Rezner founded a Web hosting service called Beverly Hills Internet, which would later be known as [=GeoCities=]. The service allowed anybody to create their own Web page for free, and each of those pages was sorted into a specific "neighborhood" depending on what its content was ([=CapitolHill=] for politics, [=MotorCity=] for cars, etc.). Through the rest of {{The Nineties}}, [=GeoCities=] grew to become of the biggest Web sites of its day, was the third-most visited Web site on the entire World Wide Web behind AOL and {{Yahoo}}, and had thousands of users signing up every day. Things started to go downhill the moment the site was acquired by Yahoo in January 1999. After paying $3 billion for it, Yahoo constantly struggled to make the service profitable, many users left over the new Terms of Service Yahoo put out, and the neighborhood categorization was dropped in favor of sites named after the users who made them. Given how huge a presence [=GeoCities=] had on the Internet at that point, Yahoo's mismanagement probably helped usher in the bursting of the dot-com bubble. Then in late June 2009, Yahoo announced that it would shut down the [=GeoCities=] service and every site in it, and on October 26, 2009, they followed through on that promise. Any attempt to go to a [=GeoCities=] page now will take you to a 404 page. Most people dismissed this happening with casual indifference, but then, soon after the closure was announced, a number of different archive projects sprouted up in an attempt to save and preserve as many of the more than 38 million pages that existed as possible, culminating in a [[http://ascii.textfiles.com/archives/2720 900 GB torrent]] released by Jason Scott and the Archive Team one year after the site came to an end. The blog [[http://contemporary-home-computing.org/1tb/ One Terabyte of Kilobyte Age]] showcases and discusses interesting, cute, and symptomatic stuff found in the [=GeoCities=] archive. It's a fascinating insight into the early Internet culture and trends either forgotten or evolved. For some reason, [=GeoCities=] remains open in Japan. ---- '''[=GeoCities=] provided examples of:''' * NotQuiteDead: Even though the service was officially closed years ago, a [[https://www.google.com/search?q=site%3Awww.geocities.com Google search]] shows that thousands of Geocities pages still exists on their original form in the geocities.com domain. * PopCultureOsmosis: Especially on ''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner''. * TheNineties: When people think "Internet in the 1990s", they think [=GeoCities=]. * TropeCodifier: The idea of regular people creating their own web content for no cost. * {{Zeerust}}: The look of nearly every Web site on there, especially the ones themed around computers or technology. ----
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[[quoteright:326:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/FirstGeocitiesYahoo_5693.png]] [[caption-width-right:316:Launcher of a Thousand [=GIFs=]]] Once upon a time in 1994, entrepreneurs David Bohnett and John Rezner founded a Web hosting service called Beverly Hills Internet, which would later be known as [=GeoCities=]. The service allowed anybody to create their own Web page for free, and each of those pages was sorted into a specific "neighborhood" depending on what its content was ([=CapitolHill=] for politics, [=MotorCity=] for cars, etc.). Through the rest of {{The Nineties}}, [=GeoCities=] grew to become of the biggest Web sites of its day, was the third-most visited Web site on the entire World Wide Web behind AOL and {{Yahoo}}, and had thousands of users signing up every day. Things started to go downhill the moment the site was acquired by Yahoo in January 1999. After paying $3 billion for it, Yahoo constantly struggled to make the service profitable, many users left over the new Terms of Service Yahoo put out, and the neighborhood categorization was dropped in favor of sites named after the users who made them. Given how huge a presence [=GeoCities=] had on the Internet at that point, Yahoo's mismanagement probably helped usher in the bursting of the dot-com bubble. Then in late June 2009, Yahoo announced that it would shut down the [=GeoCities=] service and every site in it, and on October 26, 2009, they followed through on that promise. Any attempt to go to a [=GeoCities=] page now will take you to a 404 page. Most people dismissed this happening with casual indifference, but then, soon after the closure was announced, a number of different archive projects sprouted up in an attempt to save and preserve as many of the more than 38 million pages that existed as possible, culminating in a [[http://ascii.textfiles.com/archives/2720 900 GB torrent]] released by Jason Scott and the Archive Team one year after the site came to an end. The blog [[http://contemporary-home-computing.org/1tb/ One Terabyte of Kilobyte Age]] showcases and discusses interesting, cute, and symptomatic stuff found in the [=GeoCities=] archive. It's a fascinating insight into the early Internet culture and trends either forgotten or evolved. For some reason, [=GeoCities=] remains open in Japan. ---- '''[=GeoCities=] provided examples of:''' * NotQuiteDead: Even though the service was officially closed years ago, a [[https://www.google.com/search?q=site%3Awww.geocities.com Google search]] shows that thousands of Geocities pages still exists on their original form in the geocities.com domain. * PopCultureOsmosis: Especially on ''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner''. * TheNineties: When people think "Internet in the 1990s", they think [=GeoCities=]. * TropeCodifier: The idea of regular people creating their own web content for no cost. * {{Zeerust}}: The look of nearly every Web site on there, especially the ones themed around computers or technology. ----[[redirect:Website/GeoCities]]
11th Feb '13 1:54:08 PM FastEddie
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21st Jan '13 1:38:46 AM SamMax
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* MissingEpisode: Any site that wasn't saved by reocities.com, oocities.org, or any of the other archive projects.
4th Jan '13 8:16:23 PM LeeM
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* MissingEpisode: Any site that wasn't saved by reocities.com or any of the other archive projects.
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* MissingEpisode: Any site that wasn't saved by reocities.com com, oocities.org, or any of the other archive projects.
18th Oct '12 6:25:21 PM Sunwalker
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* NotQuiteDead: Even though the service was officially closed years ago, a [[https://www.google.com/search?q=site%3Awww.geocities.com Google search]] shows that thousands of Geocities pages still exists on their original form in the geocities.com domain.
2nd Jul '12 7:53:02 PM CorahsUncle
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Once upon a time in 1994, entrepreneurs David Bohnett and John Rezner founded a web hosting service called Beverly Hills Internet, which would later be known as [=GeoCities=]. The service allowed anybody to create their own webpage for free, and each of those pages was sorted into a specific "neighborhood" depending on what its content was ([=CapitolHill=] for politics, [=MotorCity=] for cars, etc). Through the rest of {{The Nineties}}, GeoCities grew to become of the biggest websites of its day, the third-most visited website on the entire World Wide Web behind AOL and Yahoo, and had thousands of users signing up everyday. Things started to go downhill the moment the site was acquired by Yahoo in January 1999. After paying $3 billion for it, they constantly struggled to make the service profitable, many users left over the new Terms of Service Yahoo put out, and the neighborhood categorization was dropped in favor of sites named after the users that made them. Given how huge of a presence [=GeoCities=] had in the Internet at that point, Yahoo's mismanagement probably helped usher in the bursting of the dot-com bubble. Then in late June 2009, Yahoo announced that it would shut down the [=GeoCities=] service and every website in it, and on October 26, 2009, they followed through on that promise. Any attempt to go to a [=GeoCities=] page now will take you to a 404 page. Most people dismissed this happening with casual indifference, but then, soon after the closure was announced, a number of different archive projects sprouted up in an attempt to save and preserve as many of the 38,000,000+ pages that existed as possible, culminating in a [[http://ascii.textfiles.com/archives/2720 900 GB torrent]] released by Jason Scott and the Archive Team one year after the site came to an end.
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\nOnce upon a time in 1994, entrepreneurs David Bohnett and John Rezner founded a web Web hosting service called Beverly Hills Internet, which would later be known as [=GeoCities=]. The service allowed anybody to create their own webpage Web page for free, and each of those pages was sorted into a specific "neighborhood" depending on what its content was ([=CapitolHill=] for politics, [=MotorCity=] for cars, etc). etc.). Through the rest of {{The Nineties}}, GeoCities [=GeoCities=] grew to become of the biggest websites Web sites of its day, was the third-most visited website Web site on the entire World Wide Web behind AOL and Yahoo, {{Yahoo}}, and had thousands of users signing up everyday. every day. Things started to go downhill the moment the site was acquired by Yahoo in January 1999. After paying $3 billion for it, they Yahoo constantly struggled to make the service profitable, many users left over the new Terms of Service Yahoo put out, and the neighborhood categorization was dropped in favor of sites named after the users that who made them. Given how huge of a presence [=GeoCities=] had in on the Internet at that point, Yahoo's mismanagement probably helped usher in the bursting of the dot-com bubble. Then in late June 2009, Yahoo announced that it would shut down the [=GeoCities=] service and every website site in it, and on October 26, 2009, they followed through on that promise. Any attempt to go to a [=GeoCities=] page now will take you to a 404 page. Most people dismissed this happening with casual indifference, but then, soon after the closure was announced, a number of different archive projects sprouted up in an attempt to save and preserve as many of the 38,000,000+ more than 38 million pages that existed as possible, culminating in a [[http://ascii.textfiles.com/archives/2720 900 GB torrent]] released by Jason Scott and the Archive Team one year after the site came to an end.

'''[=GeoCities=] provide examples of:''' * MissingEpisode: Any website that wasn't saved by any of the archive projects.
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'''[=GeoCities=] provide provided examples of:''' of:''' * MissingEpisode: Any website site that wasn't saved by reocities.com or any of the other archive projects.

* TheNineties: When people think "Internet in the 90's", they think [=GeoCities=].
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* TheNineties: When people think "Internet in the 90's", 1990s", they think [=GeoCities=].

* {{Zeerust}}: The look of nearly every website on there, especially the ones themed around computers or technology.
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* {{Zeerust}}: The look of nearly every website Web site on there, especially the ones themed around computers or technology.
2nd Jul '12 7:38:08 PM EarlOfSandvich
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* PopCultureOsmosis: Especially on ''HomestarRunner''.
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* PopCultureOsmosis: Especially on ''HomestarRunner''.''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner''.
27th Feb '12 3:38:59 PM Korodzik
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The blog [[http://contemporary-home-computing.org/1tb/ One Terabyte of Kilobyte Age]] showcases and discusses interesting, cute, and symptomatic stuff found in the [=GeoCities=] archive. It's a fascinating insight into the early Internet culture and trends either forgotten or evolved.
28th Dec '11 8:15:17 PM JAF1970
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* PopCultureOsmosis: Especially on ''HomestarRunner''.
14th Oct '11 2:08:11 PM Twentington
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* DeaderThanDisco * HarsherInHindsight: Rumors that [=GeoCities=] was going to close were floating around as early as 2001.

* SeinfeldIsUnfunny: Few people remember how much of a boon to Internet culture in general [=GeoCities=] was; all they do remember is the rotating graphics and tiled backgrounds.
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