Does anybody still use GeoCities? Actually, does anybody still remember GeoCities? If you do, then you will be very sorry to hear that it’s closing down. After GeoCities has taken a big traffic fall, Yahoo decided that it’s time to close the free web-hosting services after 10 years. GeoCities was founded in 1996, but in 1999 Yahoo bought it for about $2.87 billion.
Yahoo decided not to make a fuss from this and the company announced that GeoCities will be closed later this year. Also, Yahoo will not accept any new customers, and has advised current users to upgrade to their paid web-hosting service. Well, nobody will probably uprade to Yahoo’s expensive service because they could always move to WordPress or Blogger.
GeoCities was doing fine until 2006 when they had about 19 million unique visitors per month. ComScore says that in March 2008, GeoCities had about 15 million uniques, however, it has taken a 24% traffic fall to 11.5 million uniques in March this year. This was probably a good decision from Yahoo as the free web-hosting service was not profitable.
Although Yahoo’s website is not a cool place anymore, MySpace and other social media websites were not even in development when GeoCities was one of the best things on the Internet. However, later this year GeoCities will be history, but we have to admit that it has rightfully claimed a top spot in the history of World Wide Web.