Linked by David Adams on Tue 27th Oct 2009 19:33 UTC
Humor The Blogosphere has been abuzz over the past few days, with remembrances of the halcyon days of the internet viewed through the lens of atrociously-designed GeoCities sites. If you missed the xkcd GeoCities tribute, you'll have to be content with a screenshot, as it was a limited-time engagement. (Update: a mirror) The Archive Team is working on saving as much of GeoCities as possible for future generations. The internet is ephemeral, and, like ancient civilizations, it seems we're constantly building our new cities on the ashes of our old cities, but, this being the internet, in a much faster cycle. Like anthropologists who get excited about pot shards or shriveled woven sandals found in a cliff dwelling, a lot of internet old-timers like me get pretty nostalgic about how the internet used to be, and think it's worth preserving, or at least commemorating.
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I learned a lot from GeoCities.
by Drumhellar on Tue 27th Oct 2009 23:17 UTC
Drumhellar
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2005-07-12

I learned a lot from GeoCities, namely, scabs do form over eyeballs.

GeoCities did contribute much to the internet, though, and not just tasteless page design. It paved the way for all the social networking sites and services we have now. For better or for worse, it play a large part in the migration to this always-on digital lifestyle. I never used it myself, of course. My own ISP provided me a whopping 15MB of storage, way more than GeoCities' 2MB they offered at the time.

One think I'll never understand, however, is how so many people thought magenta and chartreuse were complimentary colors.

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