Thursday, October 8, 2009
Yahoo Sets Final Shutdown Date For Geocities
The last chapter for Internet homepage Geocities has been written, with Yahoo telling its last remaining users of the service that it will shut down on October 26th. According to Yahoo, as of October 26th, GeoCities sites will no longer appear on the web. In addition, the company warned users that they will lose all access to their account and files, with all of the files being deleted from Yahoo's servers with no hope of recovery. Yahoo had initially said it would shut GeoCities in April. The shutdown puts to bed one of Southern California's original Internet success stories. Geocities--which was started by David Bohnett--went IPO and was sold to Yahoo for an astounding $4.5 billion in stocks and options in 1999. Yahoo later moved Geocities to the Bay Area.