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After a long, slow death, GeoCities – the free (and once-popular) web-hosting service – will be shuttering for good as of today. The site-builder, which was purchased by Yahoo a decade ago, has long fallen from its hey-day, when every father, son and mother created their own page. But after today, millions of forgotten web pages will be taken offline forever. That means this is your last chance to revisit past humiliation by visiting your page: SuMMeR ’98 – nSYnC iS SOoOOo KEwL!!. If you can find it or haven’t blocked out the fact that you even created the site.
Earlier this year, Yahoo ceased accepting new registrations, and for those who even knew GeoCities still existed, its death did not come as a surprise. Traffic to the GeoCities sites have decreased, although according to the LA Times, it still ranks in the top 200 most-trafficked sites on the Internet.
For those who want to save the information stored on their sites, Yahoo recommends downloading pages and images to the users home computer. But for those interested in maintaining their website, Yahoo is pushing users to Yahoo Web Hosting – a pay service. Still, these doesn’t mean the end of free website hosts – WordPress, Weebly, Yola and other sites are still popular alternatives.
For those of you who hope your (or others’) humiliation will be archived for historical purposes, the nonprofit Internet Archive is scrambling to index as many of the pages as possible before today’s shuttering. Nothing says “Internet history” like a black page with yellow writing littered with animated GIF-files.