Yahoo sets date for GeoCities' demise

Search engine giant Yahoo ( announced Friday on the GeoCities website ( that it will close the free hosting service on October 29, 2009.

The company wrote this note on the GeoCities website Thursday:

"GeoCities is closing on October 26, 2009. On October 26, 2009, your GeoCities site will no longer appear on the Web, and you will no longer be able to access your GeoCities account and files."

The company first revealed in April that it would be closing the GeoCities service, promising to share more details in the summer.

Acquired by Yahoo for $2.87 billion in 1999, the service was one of the most popular free web hosting services in the late 90s through the early 2000's.

The service gradually declined in popularity with the emergence of social media services such as Flickr and Facebook.

In Yahoo's Help section, the company explains why it is terminating the service and suggests current GeoCities users to migrate to its Yahoo Web Hosting service.

In effort to save the former pages hosted on GeoCities, Jason Scott's Archive Team has migrate sites, archiving more than 200,000 Geocities websites.

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