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PostSubject: bye bye backlinks..lolol   Fri 24 Apr - 15:07

Geocities to close after 15 years of aesthetic "awesomeness"
Geocities was created in 1994 as an easy way for people to create a Web presence. Fifteen years later, Yahoo has decided to close the doors on the iconic webpage service. Ars reminisces upon the good times of Geocities.

By Jacqui Cheng | Last updated April 24, 2009 10:51 AM CTText Size Print this article Leave a comment Believe it or not, the webpage service Geocities is still aliveóbut not for long. Fifteen years after its original creation, Yahoo has announced that it will shut down the service later this year. An exact date is not specified, but Yahoo is warning current users to consider moving to other options, such as Yahoo's own Web Hosting service.

Started in 1994, Geocities was like the Facebook to Angelfire's MySpaceócompeting webpage services that allowed over-enthused HTML newbies to create artfully horrific webpages to represent themselves in the early days of the Internet. (I was a diehard Angelfire fan, myself.) Geocities was acquired by Yahoo in 1999 with the intent of extending Yahoo's reach with its Internet advertising and services.

Unsurprisingly, Geocities has declined in popularity in recent years thanks to the plethora of similar and easier-to-use servicesónot to mention the rise of social networks like MySpace that allow the same demographic to make equally horrific pages and try to pick each other up at the same time. Add to that the explosive popularity of various blog platforms and the suffering of the online advertising market, and it's really not a shock to see Geocities going the way of the dodo.

As a tribute to Geocities, we thought we would honor its 15 years on the Internet by looking back on some classic offerings from Geocities' members. For example, what could more scream "Geocities" than

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