It's official: after a full 14 years of helping to bring some of the crappiest web pages ever conceived of to the internet, GeoCities is finally shutting down.
Geocities was started in 1995 as an online community for free hosting of web pages. Users with (painfully) basic HTML knowledge flocked to the site, which was soon plastered with hideous background patterns, tacky animated GIFs, and god-awful embedded MIDI files on autoplay.
The site went through a major transition in 1999 when it was purchased for $4.7 billion US by Yahoo, prompting analysts to remark: "Holy fuck! They paid 4.7 billion for that piece of shit?"
Upon hearing news of Yahoo's decision to axe GeoCities, people with good taste everywhere breathed an audible sigh of relief.
Now we just have to wait for Fortunecity to shut down their free hosting and Outpost 10F can selectively forget that Trek4God ever existed.
Posted on April 23, 2009 05:13 PM