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Monday, October 26, 2009

GeoCities is closing after today... know of a GeoCities website we should save?

It's the end of an era. One of the world's oldest Internet neighborhoods will be virtually demolished at the end of the day today.

GeoCities, founded in the early 1990s and later acquired by Yahoo for over a billion dollars, will cease to exist within a matter of hours. All of the knowledge and data that is still sitting on Yahoo's servers as of this moment will be permanently erased and will become inacessible. Yahoo announced the closure back in June.

GeoCities is home to some of the world's oldest and most complete hobbyist and personal websites, many of which are no longer maintained by their owners, but still useful. Routinuely, when I do searches, I come across material on GeoCities websites. After today, links to GeoCities sites will no longer work.

The Internet Archive has been working to save as much of GeoCities as it can, but won't be able to grab it all.

We have a data retriever/crawler that can archive and backup entire websites, much like the Internet Archive. If you know of a GeoCities website that we should save, please let us know immediately, and we'll get to work on archiving it.

The site doesn't have to be related to politics. Tell us about anything with good content that you think is worth saving.


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