Oct 26, 2009  •  In Geek, Web

A Tribute to Geocities

Today, Yahoo killed its once-ubiquitous free hosting service, Geocities.

Let us have a moment of silence for the thousands of ugly, not-updated-since-the-90s websites that have met their demise today.

My favorite web comic xkcd was quick to pay their respect as well:

Distracting background, scrolling marquee, garish colors, animated GIFs, broken links…it has it all!

My very first webpage was built via Homestead back in 1999. And I am DAMN PROUD to say that it, along with its successor, had all the elements of horrible web design listed above. I only wish I had saved a copy of it, or at least taken a screenshot.

Did your first website(s) suffer from bad design as well? How will/have you paid tribute to Geocities?

4 Responses to “A Tribute to Geocities”

  1. Ahh man. I tried remembering what my username was for my first Geocities site so I could at the least have a screenshot. I never remembered what it was. Probably best that I don’t have a record of how terrible it was, though!

  2. Sweetchic Events:

    RIP… I think I used to have one of those sites!!

  3. It was either Geocities or an AOL webpage, I can’t remember. Circa 2000, I think. Not even sure why, it’s not like I had anything to put on it except pictures of me with my dog and my friends.

    And I lurve xkcd.

  4. i made my first website on angelfire in 1995 (i was in 5th grade). it certainly suffered from bad design but my interest in web design that started then eventually led me to getting my degree in graphic design

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