Yahoo Set to Terminate GeoCities

April 23, 2009

(ChattahBox) — Yahoo Inc is pulling the plug on GeoCities, a free service that hosts personal home pages for consumers. Yahoo acquired GeoCities during the dotcom boom, in a 1999 stock deal valued at roughly $4.6 billion.

According to a post on its Web site, new accounts are no longer being accepted for GeoCities, and the service will be close sometime later this year, Yahoo said. The company urged users to upgrade to Yahoo Web Hosting service.

GeoCities was cutting edge in its’ time, among the first companies to build online communities, but in recent years, a generation of blogs and social network sites such as Facebook and Myspace have become popular among Web users.

Since Chief Executive Carol Bartz took the reins in January, Yahoo has pruned various products and properties to cut costs and focus on fundamentals.

A few days ago Yahoo said it would lay off nearly 700 workers, or 5 percent of its workforce.

Last week, Yahoo said it was shutting down Jumpcut, an online service for editing videos.


Comments

2 Responses to “Yahoo Set to Terminate GeoCities”

  1. Lou Schiano on April 24th, 2009 4:54 pm

    Funny how things change

    Just yesterday I setup a new web page on Yahoo web hosting because my old Geocities site was aging. If you want to compare an old 1997 style site to a brand new 2009 site on the same topic, click the link:

    http://www.geocities.com/SiliconValley/Bay/6879/index.html

  2. Lou Schiano on May 12th, 2009 11:57 pm

    I posted before about my new site. Please take a quick peek at http://www.appletparadise.com.

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