Rescuing GeoCities

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Yahoo announced last week it would shut down its GeoCities personal website service later this year. Yahoo paid about $3 billion for the company in 1999.

Geocities allowed users to design personal websites. but the pioneering service has long since been eclipsed by blogs and social networks.

What will become of the million-plus GeoCities home pages out there? Yahoo is saying only that it will provide details later this summer on how customers can save their own data.

Jason Scott believes GeoCities deserves saving. Scott runs textfiles.com, a site devoted to computer history. He’s lead organizer for a new group called the Archive Team, which is working to rescue a growing body of endangered Internet content, including GeoCities.

One Response to “Rescuing GeoCities”

  1. Nahum Wengrov says:

    A bigger question is, where will I now move my site to. I have found no other similar webhosting site, which comes near the ease of use and features of Yahoo! Geocities. MySpace is very primitive and limited compared to Geocities as far as real webhosting is concerned (it is a social networking site, not a webhosting one).