I want to propose a moment of silence to honor the passing of an old friend today. Yahoo announced earlier this week that it is officially pulling the plug on the venerable but antiquated web hosting service Geocities. The home of so many of our first websites will go quietly into that dark night later this year, marking the end of an era in Internet surfing. I know I’m not alone in remembering a time when the web seemed to composed almost solely of Squaresoft game strategy guides, synopses of Dr. Who episodes and animated “Under Construction” gifs promising a bright future that remained perpetually just over the horizon. 

But today’s e-commerce driven Internet is no place for amateurs, and in the spit shine and polish world of Web 2.0, social networking sites like MySpace and Facebook provide an simpler, more connected alternative for people who want to have a website without really knowing how to build one. And so, as progress marches on and takes it’s toll, let’s take a just a moment to reflect on the old friends who won’t make it to the promised land with us. Goodbye, Geocities. We hardly knew ye. 

 

1995-2009

1995-2009

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