Yahoo! Shutting Down GeoCities


Posted April 24, 2009 - By r_pad

Yahoo! Shutting Down GeoCities

If you're a veteran interwebs readers then you're surely familiar with GeoCities. One of the most popular web-hosting services in the '90s and a dotcom era mega-success,GeoCities featured thousands of web sites covering all sorts of topics. TechCrunch has reported that Yahoo! is shutting down the service:

"Yahoo! is unceremoniously  closing GeoCities, one of the original web-hosting services acquired by Yahoo! in 1999 for $2.87 billion. In a message on Yahoo!’s help site, the company said that it would be shuttering Geocities, a free web-hosting service, later this year and will not be accepting any new customers. Existing customers will still be able to access use GeoCities but Yahoo! is encouraging these customers to upgrade to Yahoo!’s paid Web Hosting service."

Although GeoCities hosted its fair share of garbage (especially in its later years), there were some truly outstanding and unique sites on the service. It's kind of sad to see it go, though not at all surprising. Yahoo! spent a ridiculous amount of money acquiring the service, only to have the dotcom bubble burst shortly after its acquisition. The financial side of it, coupled with the rapidly evolving nature of the Internet, made it impossible for Yahoo! to turn GeoCities into a profitable product. The closure of GeoCities is just another sign of the Internet growing up.


Yahoo! Shutting Down GeoCities