Geocities was a web hosting service that was founded in 1994 and was one of the first companies to offer free web hosting services. The company was acquired by Yahoo! in 1999 and shut down in 2009.
Geocities was one of the most popular web hosting services of its time and at its peak, it hosted over 38 million pages. The service was particularly popular with personal homepages and small businesses. Geocities provided users with an easy-to-use WYSIWYG web editor and a variety of templates and graphics that could be used to create a website.
The company was known for its liberal use of animated GIFs and scrolling text, which were often used to add a sense of excitement or personality to a website. Geocities was also known for its "neighborhoods", which were groups of related websites that were organized by topic.
While Geocities was once a very popular service, it fell out of favor in the early 2000s as users began to migrate to other web hosting services that offered more features and better reliability. In 2009, Yahoo! announced that it would be shutting down the Geocities service, and all websites hosted on the service were deleted.
ge.ocities.org is a project to preserve and make available the millions of pages of user-created content that had been hosted on the now-defunct Geocities service. It has been an ambitious undertaking, not only because of the sheer volume of material to be preserved, but also because of the unique challenges posed by the fact that most of this content was created by non-professional users with little or no experience in web design or publishing.
We believe that the archive is a valuable resource for researchers, historians, and anyone interested in the history of the early World Wide Web. It provides a glimpse into the everyday lives of people who were among the first to embrace this new technology, and it offers a unique window into the culture of the late 1990s.
The archive contains millions of pages of user-created content, ranging from personal homepages and diaries to community message boards and shared interests groups. This material provides a rich source of data for research into a wide range of topics, including the early history of the web, user-generated content, and web culture.
The Geocities Archive is an important part of Internet history and we are pleased to make it available here.