What? You’ve never heard of GeoCities? Like many of our vintage dot coms, GeoCities was a site ahead of its time.
Before there was Facebook, Twitter, Friendster (you do remember Friendster don’t you?) there was GeoCities – a place where like minded users came together to create and share content on issues of common interest like business, tech and sports.
Content on the site was organized into “cities” – tech was in Silicon Valley, Nashville had country music, Madison Avenue for Advertising etc..
In 1999 Yahoo bought GeoCities for $3.57 billion - and to hear fans describe it that was the beginning of the end. Users began to leave quickly as Yahoo made a number of missteps that angered the original “Homesteader” community. In 2009 Yahoo announced the closure of the US GeoCities operations.
Those looking for the GeoCities experience will have to satisfy themselves with the Japanese GeoCities which continues to exist based on the original city format (though accounts are only available in Japanese). For more info, see the Wikipedia entry.