Roundup: Last Call for GeoCities

Today, Oct. 26, is the day that Yahoo has said will be the final day of availability for its GeoCities hosting service and the hundreds of thousands - perhaps even millions - of free web sites it contains.

Today, Oct. 26,  is the day that Yahoo has said will be the final day of availability for its GeoCities hosting service and the hundreds of thousands - perhaps even millions - of free web sites it contains. There's been a burst of news and nostalgia around the shuttering of the site. Here's a roundup:    

  • There have been a number of efforts to preserve the GeoCities sites for posterity, including one by the Internet Archive and another by Archive Team, a separate group. Both efforts began this spring.
  • Another effort was begin on Oct. 20 (yep, last Tuesday) by ReoCities, which has generated interest for its mad scramble to backup all of GeoCities in less than a week. Hmmm ... did they know the Archive was working on this?
  • Gawker, with its usual snark, cites the evaporation of value represented by the closure, noting that Yahoo paid $3.5 billion for GeoCities in 1999. 
  • Netcraft notes that the impending closure will wipe out at least 930 known phishing sites, including 143 that were launched in the last month.   
  • News.com has invited readers to share their "favorite stories about GeoCities."
  • Slashdot links to a number of tributes around the web, including ones at xkcd and Homestar Runner.
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