On October 26, 2009 Yahoo! Inc. (NASDAQ:YHOO) decided to shut down GeoCities. This took place about 10 years after Yahoo! bought GeoCities for $4.7 billion. GeoCities had gone public about one year before and was profitable. GeoCities had a bit of sentimental value for everyone that created a website in the 1990’s. I remember the first time I designed a website, I made it through GeoCities. It was around 1998 and it was South Park fan page when I was in 10th grade. Anyway GeoCities is no longer with us… or is it?
GeoCities has returned in the form of Reocities. A man named Jacques decided to download the content and websites. Then he republished the content on Reocities. About 600,000 GeoCities websites were rescued before shutting down and put on ReoCities. “On the 20th of October 2009, about a week before GeoCities was really going to close, someone else posted a link, pointing to some interesting pages. These were on an old GeoCities account, about to be erased. It wasn’t what I would call a masterpiece, and I didn’t agree with all of it, but it seemed like it was worth keeping,” wrote Jacques in a detailed post about how he pulled off the endeavor.
It is pretty fun to check out the top level “neighborhoods” listed on ReoCities and selecting random numbers. This way you can check out a piece of Internet history.