Data Destroyed, Tears Shed

GeoCities is no more. Yahoo! pulled the plug on Oct. 27, wiping away 7 million of Internet’s first Websites in the process.
Who cares? Digital archivists care, that’s who, and maybe a few disgruntled GeoCities customers.
“GeoCities was the largest self-created folk-art collection in the history of the world,” says Jason Scott, 39, leader of ArchiveTeam, one of a handful of parallel groups that worked to download as many of the GeoCities home pages as they could in the weeks before Yahoo! pulled the plug.
The week it went dark, the GeoCities network still ranked in the top 200 most-trafficked sites, according to Alexa, a Web-data company. At one time it was the third most visited site in the world.
[via TIME]



About David Burn

I wrote my first ad for a political candidate when I was 17 years old. She won her race and I felt the seductive power of advertising for the first time. Today—after working for seven agencies in five states—I am head of brand strategy and creative at Bonehook in Portland, Oregon.