Jan 13, 2010

The demise of GeoCities

According to PC World:

GeoCities was born as “Beverly Hill Internet” in the winter of 1995. Its parents, David Bohnett and John Rezner, wanted to create a virtual community that mimicked the real world, with pages hosted in "cyber cities" and other similarly nauseating concepts.

Both teenagers and first-generation Internet dorks flocked to the service, setting up personal pages in the "cyber cities" of their choice. Despite GeoCities' built-in watermarks and on-page advertisements, the site's popularity continued to climb.

We began using GeoCities in 1999 for a place to store photos for our eBay auctions. GeoCities was purchased by Yahoo that same year.

On October 2004 we began this blog. We used GeoCities to store photos and other graphics that appeared on these pages.

We didn’t use the GeoCities free service. We paid for a premium account that wasn’t supposed to die. However, it died along with all of the others. The photos are still available for viewing but the ability to add or alter photos is gone. FTP use has been denied.

With the announcement by Yahoo that GeoCities would go the way of the Dodo bird in October of this year, PC World published the following tongue-in-cheek obituary for GeoCities:

GeoCities, a web hosting service that achieved fame in the mid-1990’s, died last Thursday at the Yahoo headquarters in Silicone Valley. GeoCities was 15 years old.

GeoCities has suffered a long and drawn out battle with its health over the past decade. An antiquated service model and outdated technology are widely blamed for the struggle. An official cause of death, however, has not been determined.

The proliferation of low-cost hosting options, combined with the popularity of social-networking style services instead of personal home pages, only contributed to its demise.

We will stop paying for the crippled service in the next month or two. At that time, photos in our blog postings of the last eight months will disappear.

Pictures in our sidebar photo albums will not be affected, as they are not stored on GeoCities.