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SAN FRANCISCO — Yahoo! on Monday closed GeoCities, a free Web hosting service that it purchased for over three billion dollars at the height of the dot-com boom.
"We have enjoyed hosting websites created by Yahoo! users all over the world, and we're proud of the community you've built," the California-based Internet pioneer said in a message at the GeoCities website.
"However, we have decided to focus on helping our customers explore and build relationships online in other ways."
Yahoo! said GeoCities would not be available after Monday and recommended GeoCities refugees set up new online homes at its paid Web hosting service, with an introductory offer of just five dollars for the first 12 months.
Personally, I'm glad that this isn't just a ceasing of operations, but a total deletion. Geocities had an infamous Terms of Service that granted them unusual ownership over content. Knowing that all content, current as well as previous, will be wiped completely gives those who ever had a Geocities website peace of mind.
I know there where some rather good UFO sites that had interesting bits and pieces in them that given how sites are abandoned often alot of it will be lost for good.