Yahoo shuting down Geocities
Yahoo will close Geocities, the free web hosting service it paid $4bn for 10 years ago. The message, "Sorry, new Geocities accounts are no longer available." displayed on the homepage.
In 1999, when Yahoo purchased Geocities, it was the third most visited site on the web behind AOL and Yahoo, with 19 million unique visitors in December 1998, according to a Comscore Media Metrix report. Now Geocities is slightly outdated in the current Web 2.0 era, giving users no way to integrate their sites with third-party applications.
Yahoo has encouraged Geocities members to start upgrading to the company's subscription-based Web Hosting service, although it assured them in a statement that they will still be able to access their sites and Geocities services until later this year.
Existing GeoCities accounts have not changed. User can continue to enjoy the Geocities web site and GeoCities services until later this year. User don't need to change a thing right now - yahoo just wanted you to let user know about the closure as soon as possible. Yahoo will provide more details about closing GeoCities and how to save your site data this summer, and yahoo will update the help center with more details at that time.
The announcement follows a similar decision by Google to shut down Page Creator in June 2009 and migrate users to Google Sites.