Geocities 'saved' by dutchman, becomes Reocities

Mon 2 November 2009 14:00, Bas van den Beld

Geocities 'saved' by dutchman, becomes Reocities

In April Yahoo decided to shut down Geocities. Yahoo then "decided to focus on helping our customers explore and build relationships online in other ways.". Last week Geocities closed its doors for good. You can no longer use Geocities.

That was something the Dutch developer Jacques Mattheij couldn't accept. So he started copying and scraping Geocities. Within ten days he copied most of Geocities' content and replaced them on Reocities. A both amazing and impressive piece of work.

The programmer spent ten days and nights copying the data, hardly sleeping, so he says. At the time of writing this post there were 1188430 accounts and 23136005 files recovered. Reocities will try to recover as much as possible in the coming period.

On Reocities Mattheij explains:

"Yahoo! has done an amazing thing by keeping GeoCities alive for as long as they did, but we feel that it is a waste to leave the Internet with a hole of this magnitude. At a minimum, Yahoo! could have simply left GeoCities as a monument to the early days.

We've rebuilt the walls to the Cities and the streets where a large part of the early settlers of the World Wide Web used to live in. You can still find them where they were before, but not all of the houses have been rebuilt yet."

On Reocities you can also read all about how the process of copying the sites went. It's a fun read in which you can see what kind of hurdles he had to take. FOr example Geocities had a bandwidth cap which slowed down things and he had to handle the fact that Geocities URLS are case sensitive.

You want to look at the old content, or did you have a website on Geocities which is now gone? Try finding is and linking to it simply change the url from Geocities to Reocities and you're good to go. You cannot update your old pages for now, but you can look at them.

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