GeoCities was a web hosting service. On January 28,GeoCities was acquired by Yahoo! The "cities" were named after real cities or regions according to their content—for example, computer -related sites were placed in "SiliconValley" and those dealing with entertainment were assigned to "Hollywood"—hence the name of the site.
Since its inception in the World Wide Web has gone from "never heard of it" to "can't live without it". The internet is the domain of technologists and academics, of early adopters living on AOL, Compuserve and bulletin board systems. March 12th: Berners-Lee writes a paper called "Information management: A proposal".
The first time I can remember logging on to the net was aroundwhen I was five years old. My father was with me; I remember him working his magic, getting the modem to hum its infamous atonal tune. The purpose of this journey was to see if the internet had any answers to my persistent questions about how railroad crossings worked.
Remember when the internet was just for geeks and gamers and the sort of people who fell in love with pneumatic virtual reality babes? Some of it looked a bit like how I imagine the inside of the heads of the sort of women who collect crystals and visi laylines look like. That WTF level of weirdness was in no small part thanks to GeoCities, a web-hosting service that made it possible for people to build their own home pages.
Every ph on my site now is a f This is blackmail. If you're unfamiliar, the photo hosting site was popular in the early and mid aughts, and was the service of choice for Myspace users.
GeoCities, Vine, Friendster—communities live, thrive, and often die on the net. But the two-week timeframe in which content will disappear from Tumblr is unprecedented, says Jason Scott. He cofounded Archive Teama volunteer project running software that scarfs copies of endangered websites for posterity.
The s were exciting times for booting up personal computers. Dial-up modems connected millions of homes to the internet, often trying to corral its borderless stream of information with sanitized interfaces like CompuServe and Prodigy. More ambitious users browsed Usenet discussion groups or directed themselves to URLs for web pages.
It can be hard to find sites that have disappeared from the Internet. The Wayback Machine has been helping people see past Internet sites over the past 15 years, but searchers always needed to know the URL of a website to find the archived copies. The new search feature is not quite like Google, where all the text on each page on a website is indexed to help with searches. But the feature is still a big step in terms of usability.
The following is a very incomplete list of fansites that were hosted on GeoCitiessorted by fandom. Because personal websites and small multi-author archives were common in the late s, many of these are multifandom sites. Links go to archived copies of the sites hosted on the Internet Archive 's Wayback MachineReocitiesor Geocities.
What does a spot on this list mean? In this case, we set out to rank the websites—not apps like Instagramnot services like PayPal —that influenced the very nature of the internet, changed the world, stole ideas better than anyone, pioneered a genre, or were just really important to us. Some of these sites seemed perfectly arbitrary a decade ago and turned into monstrous destinations or world-destroying monopolies. Other sites have been net positives for humanity and gave us a glimpse of what can happen when the world works together.