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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  • Nice, next people will sue him for copying content without permission ;)

    Ma 2 nov 2009, 15:17

  • Wow, it will be an for geocities.

    I was sad to see the geocities go away....they were so much a part of the early web.

    Thanks for letting us know about this.

    Wo 4 nov 2009, 01:03

    • ben

    where can i find "Philippine Lotto FYI - OFW Edition" for wheeling 12 lotto numbers, please... This used to be accessed at please help me to access it again. Tnx a lot and God bless.

    Di 10 nov 2009, 02:24

  • How do I find out if I can retrieve this on Reocities or if it was even one of the sites copied by Reocities?

    Thank you!

    Zo 27 dec 2009, 11:28

  • @ Olaf Lederer: Actually, people will be so pleased that the Geocities pages that they value have been saved, that they'll give retrospective licences to this guy to do it.

    Di 3 aug 2010, 03:59

    • Kris

    I am still trying to read up on this - and find out if all the new oocities, reocities, - belong together?
    Anyway - my website was on geocities, and yes - I am greatful to Jaques Mattheij for saving this part of the net!! I was in deed sad when I heard it was going to be deleted forever. I called it my piece of the universe for a reason - and always thought it would be there long after I am gone. NOW it will be! Thank you!

    Zo 15 jul 2012, 17:57


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