Last Call: Geocities Edition
Sadly (?), it was announced by Yahoo that yesterday was the last day that GeoCities would be available.
Being a relative neophyte when it comes to blogging and using the internet for anything besides porn and stock quotes, the news means little to me. But I assume those of you who have been farting around with blogs and websites for some time may feel a bit nostalgic regarding the news. Courtesy of some site called Data Center Knowledge, here are a couple of newsworthy items regarding the demise of GeoCities.
- There have been a number of efforts to preserve the GeoCities sites for posterity, including one by the Internet Archive and another by Archive Team, a separate group. Both efforts began this spring.
- Another effort was begin on Oct. 20 (yep, last Tuesday) by ReoCities, which has generated interest for its mad scramble to backup all of GeoCities in less than a week. Hmmm … did they know the Archive was working on this?
- Gawker, with its usual snark, cites the evaporation of value represented by the closure, noting that Yahoo paid $3.5 billion for GeoCities in 1999.
- Netcraft notes that the impending closure will wipe out at least 930 known phishing sites, including 143 that were launched in the last month.
- News.com has invited readers to share their “favorite stories about GeoCities.”
- Slashdot links to a number of tributes around the web, including ones at xkcd and Homestar Runner.
So there you have it. So long, GeoCities. I hardly knew thee.
On to the usual routine.
- SP Sneak Preview: Ron Artest’s “Afghan Women” [Style Points]
- Media, Twitter, and Recruiting: In which I get irritated and somewhat noble [The Phoenix Pub]
- Weekend at Bettman’s, October 24-25 [Melt Your Face Off]
- Dear Moamer / Muammar Gaddafi / Kadhafi… [Food Court Lunch]
- Referees to Ferguson: Learn the Rules [Avoiding the Drop]
- “Meet Cabbage Head” The Kids in the Hall.
- Sarah Michelle Gellar
And for the ladies…
Charles Nelson Reilly!
Alright. Do what you do.