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Webstock ‘13: Jason Scott - Wanted: dead or alive on Vimeo
Wacky and weird and kind of ugly. And to be clear, it absolutely was.

Widows came to him to say wartime stories are on the site. Personal diaries.
16 days ago by thotw
The impending demise of Geocities XF sites -
There are fans, at Haven and at Fandomonium, myself included, who are actively trying to save fan fiction sites and move them to other hosting sites, or at least save the content. Most, if not all, individual site owners who could be contacted have been contacted, and asked if they are planning to move their fan fiction to another free or paid site. Now we are working on the many specialty archives and rec sites, going through them individually to see if their fic is already archived elsewhere, documenting where and so on. But there are many other wonderful, squee-full, happiness-inducing places that will be gone for good if we do nothing.

I will not lie. This is hard, time-consuming, frustrating work. If the number of invalid email addresses is any indication, the number of sites that have been abandoned by their owners is large. But there are options out there. If you are the owner of a resource site in need of a new home, the Organization for Transformative Works, through their Geocities Rescue Project would like to help you. If you are looking for a new site to house your fan fiction, you can get an account at Archive of Our Own.
16 days ago by thotw
Humans of New York photographs David... - David Bohnett Foundation | Facebook
David Bohnett on Humans of New York

May want to start with this story. I think it's really interesting.
16 days ago by thotw
David Bohnett, Founder of Geocities | Internet History Podcast
First fasicnated with phones, and then Ham radio

Read about the web on a PC Magazine on an airplane

Thought that the web could be the "global" version of an AOL or Compuserve

Started a company called Beverly Hills Internet, set up a web hosting service with John Rezner for local and small businesses

Give away free homepages as a way of bringing people in the business. But they would also set up things about "themes" such as Hollywood where people can talk about celebs, Beverly Hills for fashion

Offered templates for sites that people were building

After you signed up you'd be shown a 2D representation on a street, and you were part of a "neighborhood"

Company is 1994, Shift to Geocities is 1995

Initially sent out an email to a little over a dozen people

Within months it was in the thousands, then tens of thousands. Then at one point, it was 8 per second

Bootstrapped and didn't take money for a while

Raised 2M dollars after Geocities took off thanks to CMG VC

They built most of the technology themselves and had rooms and rooms of servers.

Believed that the web was all about letting people contribute and that they were part of the medium

Even built their own ad network and ad sales force

The targeted neighborhoods meant it was easier to sell targeted ads

10s of millions of users by time of IPO (1998), it was 38 million

By 1997 / 1998, consistently in the top 5 of all sites visited

Then the IPO, to get additional funds for the company

Sites like Tripod and Angelfire were competitors.

Humans of New York actually photographed him and added it in.

Yahoo had some connectoins to Geocities, and so they acquired them in 1999.

1998, Yahoo bought the lot in 1999 for an incredible $3.57 billion in stock.

a staggering 177 million in 2008.


In 1994, [HONY GUY] started a site called ... 10 years later he created Humans of New York, chronicling the stories of random users. One day he was walking around and he saw David Bohnett, snapped his picture and asked him for his greatest personal achievement. He said invented Geocities.

Geocities was to a lot of people just a fun, kind of ugly but wacky subspace of the web. And it was. But for a lot of others it was an integral part of their selves. Like the X-Files site and fan fiction that closed down.
17 days ago by thotw
Travel Back in Time to the Best and Weirdest GeoCities Sites - Creators
Think back to a time before Bitcoin, Instagram and the expression “on fleek”... From 1994 until its closure in 2009, GeoCities hosted more than 38 million pages.
17 days ago by thotw
GeoCities - Archiveteam
In April 2009, Yahoo announced they would be closing GeoCities "later this year". In July of 2009, Yahoo announced the firm date of October 26, 2009 for the closing of GeoCities, and offered a number of hosting plans (for pay) to transfer data from GeoCities to these new locations.
17 days ago by thotw
The death and life of great Internet cities | The Daily Dot
Visitors traveled the neighborhood on Webrings, leaving their mark in each home’s guestbook. The local newspaper was the Petsburg Post, though no copy has survived the community’s complete collapse.

Visitors traveled the neighborhood on Webrings, leaving their mark in each home’s guestbook. The local newspaper was the Petsburg Post, though no copy has survived the community’s complete collapse.

utilized the site’s built-in development tools to create clapboard homes spattered with stray GIFs, looping MIDI files, and busy backgrounds. It was the Internet’s Wild West.

Instead of slogging through the HTML editor of Geocities—and coming to terms with how these tools can be used to express oneself in a digital space—we chose the sleek, standardized layouts of Facebook and Myspace.
17 days ago by thotw
My awkward, long-lost GeoCities page about Michigan football makes me feel 13 forever -
wrote that in 2001. They’re my first words ever as a sports writer and quite possibly the most earnest words I’ve ever published on the internet, too. Back then it was cool just to let people know who you are.

On Oct. 26, 2009, Yahoo! shuttered GeoCities for good. There were approximately 38 million GeoCities pages at the time, according to Wired, mine among them — all gone. Let’s call this day The Darkness.

Any time I updated the site — with either fresh links, or a new game recap — I’d post it to the message board, and would receive a lot of mostly friendly feedback about what I thought Lloyd Carr should have done (throw the ball) and not done (run the ball).

Unfortunately, we only have one snapshot of that paragraph. I’d like to see how it evolved over time and what other activities I invented. GeoCities let me create, mold, and catalog an image of myself as I saw it. GeoGities illuminated that image. For a while, it was my claim in a world that was so much smaller then.
17 days ago by thotw
How GeoCities invented the modern Internet.
One of the fastest-growing sites in the 1990s—at the time of the Yahoo purchase, it was the third-most-visited property on the Web —GeoCities hit hard times after the merger. Eventually, the "home page" fad was surpassed by blogs and social-networking sites—and the fact that you'd once set up a GeoCities page became an embarrassing confession rather than a sign of your early-adopter savvy.

Two other free hosting companies—Tripod and Angelfire—started up at around the same time, but they proved far less popular than GeoCities.)

David Bohnett, one of GeoCities' co-founders, hailed the idea this way: "This is the next wave of the net—not just information but habitation."

After all, it quickly became obvious that setting up a Web page wasn't a surefire way to find fame, wealth, or dates. That was especially true as more and more people came online, creating a glut of home pages.

On MySpace, your site was no longer shunted off to some little-traveled corner of the Web. Instead it was at the center of your friends' lives—and so there was some small reward to keep hacking away at it. At least, that was true when MySpace was hot, which is no longer the case

To here the traditional narrative tell it, GeoCities got popular, and then its users got bored. But that wasn't the case.
17 days ago by thotw
Glitch is the friendly community where you'll build the app of your dreams
learning  collaboration  programming  geocities 
10 weeks ago by tonious
Interface, Exhibition & Artwork: Geocities, Deleted City and the Future of Interfaces to Digital Collections | The Signal
In 2009, a band of rogue digital preservationists called Archive Team did their best to collect and preserve Geocities. The resulting data has became the basis for at least two works of art: Deleted City and One Terabyte of Kilobyte Age. I think the story of this data set and these works offer insights into the future roles of cultural heritage organizations and their collections.
Library_of_Congress  Geocities  digital_preservation  visualisation 
june 2017 by stacker

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