Geocities is closing down. Love it or hate it – use it or villify it for all the spammers that at various times infested it – when Geocities shuts down, it will mark the passing of a long-time resident of the Internet web scene.
Geocities, which was acquired by Yahoo in 1999, has been around in some form or other sinc 1994. That makes it one of the longest-lived web services around.
While Yahoo had announced that it would be shutting Geocities down last month, many users were taken by surprise upon receiving the news last week, when Geocities users received this announcement:
Important notice: GeoCities is closing.
Dear Yahoo! GeoCities customer,
We’re writing to let you know that Yahoo! GeoCities, our free web site building service and community, is closing on October 26, 2009.
On October 26, 2009, your GeoCities site will no longer appear on the Web, and you will no longer be able to access your GeoCities account and files.
What You Need to Do
If you’d like to move your web site, or save the images and other files you’ve posted online, you need to act now by choosing one of the following options:
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We know your files are important to you, and we want to make moving to Web Hosting as easy and affordable as we can. For a limited time, you can move your files automatically, take advantage of terrific features like a personalized domain name and email, even redirect your GeoCities web address to your new site — all for only $4.99 a month for a full year.
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Download your files to your own computer.
With your pages and images saved offline, you can re-create your site with any hosting provider.
To quickly download your published files, visit your GeoCities web site, right-click on each page, and choose Save Page As… from the menu that appears. Choose a location on your computer to save your files, then click OK or Save. Learn more about downloading your files.
Please be aware that after October 26, your GeoCities files will be deleted from our servers, and will not be recoverable. If you’d like to save your files, you must download them now or move to Yahoo! Web Hosting. If you need assistance, please visit the help center.
We want to thank you for being a GeoCities customer, and hope you continue to enjoy our other Yahoo! services.
The Yahoo! GeoCities team
Are you currently using Geocities? If so, what will you be doing to deal with the closure of Geocities?
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