3 Archives That Will Bring You Back Into The Days Of GeoCities
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internet archive geocitiesBorn in ’89, I first cracked into the internet when I was just a kid in 1998. From a very small town in Florida with not much to entertain myself with, I immediately grew addicted. The internet is one of those things that (in my opinion) saw its most beautiful days in the late ’90s and early 2000s. I’d say the same about other popular forms of entertainment like TV, movies, and video games, but that’s probably got some bias to it!

The internet of those days is already worth feeling nostalgic over. Yahoo! was the big search engine back then, at least for me, which ties into this story well because that same company eventually ended up with their hands on the most memorable free web host we’ve ever known: GeoCities.

Today, free web hosting is a thing of the past. Major search engines like the aforementioned Yahoo! and Google weren’t such monsters yet, either. You could search for popular keywords and some of the first results would actually be free websites running on GeoCities, made by people just like you and I. Even I ran several of my own GeoCities websites, my most memorable being a Street Fighter fansite.

GeoCities eventually came to a close, much like a lot of the internet. It’s impossible to find sites like these today. That’s okay though, because there are ways to venture back in time and see the remains of one of the coolest internet time capsules ever.

ReoCities

ReoCities is probably the cleanest and most true experience you’ll get when it comes to emulating the old days of GeoCities. To begin browsing the archive, navigate to the Neighborhoods page. Like the original GeoCities itself, the archive is categorized by the theme of each website.

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Clicking into a Neighborhood will bring up an open directory page that has an index of all of the sites. They are numbered in no particular way (that I know of).

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From there, feel free to click around and explore. Even the political websites looked plain back then.

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One of the coolest things that ReoCities has to offer over alternatives is a Greasemonkey script that will actually convert old GeoCities links into their archived version. I don’t exactly know where you’ll be able to find GeoCities links anymore, but it’s a neat gesture.

Geocities.ws Web Archive Project

Geocities.ws is actually a free host in the same respect as GeoCities was back in those days, but that’s not what we’re here for. They have a nice archive of over 500,000 old GeoCities websites for you to search through.

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GeoCities.ws has a huge index of websites organized in alphabetical order. Finding websites that interest you may be easier using this archive (over ReoCities) because of that. Each website also shows a description line in the listing.

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The above screenshots shows search results for the keyword “food”. You’re basically able to use this archive as a search engine to navigate websites on the old GeoCities.

OoCities

OoCities is the most complete and informative website about the old GeoCities. It includes hundreds of thousands of pages, indexed by GeoCities usernames and by old Neighborhoods.

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Scrolling down the main page, you’re able to easily navigate to the Neighborhood listings or any of the 437 username-sorted pages that include 1000 results per page. That’s a lot of browsing.

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OoCities has a lot of interesting information about GeoCities, too. Scroll down the main page to read a lot of interesting statistics as shown below.

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It’s crazy to think of how popular and beloved GeoCities once was, and how it fizzled away so quickly. The internet has a changed a lot, but you wouldn’t be crazy to think for the better.

So which of these three archives is your favorite? Let’s get nostalgic in the comments! Let me know what you think of the websites and share your favorite old GeoCities memories.

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  1. The Geocities Archive
    August 14, 2019 at 10:07 am

    In honour of the days of crazy colour schemes, flashing images, tiled backgrounds and guest books, we have released the Geocities Archive Project at https://www.geocitiesarchive.org

    Geocities was a free web hosting service that was launched in November of 1994. On a corporate whim, in 2009, Yahoo! shut down Geocities, which meant years of digital data was lost to the world. This equated to around 38 million user-created webpages, rich with family photos, fledgling business profiles, and pics that were sure to embarrass their creators many years on.

    So what happened?
    Geocities was acquired by Yahoo in January 1999 for $3.57 billion in Yahoo stock. Unfortunately, the new terms and conditions introduced by Yahoo! proved less than popular with the vast majority of users: Yahoo! stated that it now owned all content within Geocities. After trying to provide a more premium service by offering vanity urls, rumours began to surface during 2001 that Geocities would be closing. Yahoo! would go on to effectively destroy fifteen years of early internet history overnight as many users did not have the ability to make a copy of their website before it was taken offline.

    On April 23, 2009, Geocities stopped allowing any new member registrations and announced that the United States version of Geocities would be shutting down on 26th of October 2009.

    Good news!
    So, with some tricky coding, and driven by the belief that this early internet history should not be lost on future generations, we have searched, indexed and made available for search over 40 million user created files.

    We hope you're ready for an entertaining and nostalgic walk down memory lane.

    The team @ Geocities Archive

  2. Cracker
    December 21, 2016 at 8:51 am

    I love the way Millennitards talk like they invented everything.

    "Born in ’89, I first cracked into the internet when I was just a kid in 1998."

    Son, you don't know jack about cracking.

    The year you were born I had bookcases full of cracked software and I had access to private BBS'es all over the planet.

  3. Lai-Lai
    March 24, 2015 at 7:22 am

    Now we just need archive sites for Tripod & Angelfire.

  4. Ritwick Saikia
    December 9, 2012 at 7:22 pm

    Geocities was great and led me to learn HTML and web design

    • Ritwick Saikia
      December 9, 2012 at 7:23 pm

      Not to mention that some people created really beautiful and useful sites on it.

  5. Lisa Santika Onggrid
    December 7, 2012 at 6:16 am

    I commonly find what I need through Oocities. It's a good project.