Nowadays everyone is speaking of Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, and Blogger, but before all these came along, there was GeoCities. The father of them all, GeoCities was the first successful website that allows people to setup their own personal websites without being a technical genius.
So I find it sad when I read that Yahoo is closing GeoCities at the end of the year. I can’t argue about the reason as GeoCities is considered the pioneer, not the future, of the Internet. Still I wonder if GeoCities would have continued if it was still a standalone company. Yahoo bought GeoCities for more than $2.9 billion in 1999, and I guess that’s money down the drain for Yahoo.
Hopefully, GeoCities' vanishing sites can find some way to continue. There are a lot of sites on GeoCities, some of whom has been there for a decade. It’ll be sad if they got closed, and hopefully Yahoo will make it easy for the webmasters to move to another service. Goodbye GeoCities, you will be missed.