I just noticed this in my email in box:


Important notice: GeoCities is closing.

Dear Yahoo! GeoCities customer,

We’re writing to let you know that Yahoo! GeoCities, our free web site building service and community, 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.

What You Need to Do
If you’d like to move your web site, or save the images and other files you’ve posted online, you need to act now by choosing one of the following options:

Don’t Wait
Please be aware that after October 26, your GeoCities files will be deleted from our servers, and will not be recoverable. If you’d like to save your files, you must download them now or move to Yahoo! Web Hosting. If you need assistance, please visit the help center.

We want to thank you for being a GeoCities customer, and hope you continue to enjoy our other Yahoo! services.

Best regards,

The Yahoo! GeoCities team

Category: Web/Tech

Please use the comments to demonstrate your own ignorance, unfamiliarity with empirical data and lack of respect for scientific knowledge. Be sure to create straw men and argue against things I have neither said nor implied. If you could repeat previously discredited memes or steer the conversation into irrelevant, off topic discussions, it would be appreciated. Lastly, kindly forgo all civility in your discourse . . . you are, after all, anonymous.

29 Responses to “Bye Bye GeoCities”

  1. Pat G. says:

    They call that progress. I call it inconvenience. I like Yahoo. Much more than Google. That’s why when I see the difference between the two Internet portholes’ share price, I’m amazed. I guess I really do have a tendency to swim upstream.

  2. going broke says:

    hmmm, I thought GeoCities died after the dotcom bust, haven’t seen a GeoCities site in years.

    Some interesting indicators…

    Return of the Son of Even More Contrary Indicators

  3. CNBC Sucks says:

    For the 300,001st time, bye bye, Ritholtz. Off to your lurkosphere I return.

    As a great poster named centiare wrote a few months ago, this blog is for sentimentalists. We keep watching the same bad movie over and over, hoping for a storybook ending on the next showing. But sometimes, sentimentality is just a waste of time.

    May all of your trades be profitable and thanks for tolerating my rants. Until 300,002, peace out.

  4. [...] [EPILOGUE, JULY 12, 2009: I lied.  At 7 PM, 314,079 page views.  The Rubicon was crossed today.  Bye bye.] [...]

  5. Andy T says:

    Ahhh the good ol’ days….

    From wikipedia….

    The company went public in August 1998, listing on the NASDAQ exchange with the code GCTY. The IPO price was $17, rising rapidly after launch to a peak of over $100. By 1999 Geocities was the third-most visited website on the World Wide Web, behind AOL and Yahoo!.[9] The headquarters had moved to 4499 Glencoe Avenue in Los Angeles, west of the Marina del Rey area of Los Angeles County.[10]
    In January 1999, near the peak of the dot-com bubble, Geocities was purchased by Yahoo! for $3.57 billion in stock, with Yahoo! taking control on May 28.[11][12][13] The acquisition proved extremely unpopular; users began to leave en masse in protest at the new terms of service put out by Yahoo! for GeoCities.

    I expect the same outcome for Facebook in the next five years….

  6. Ramstone says:

    Rhymes with atrocities.

  7. IdahoSpud says:

    Yahoo web hosting. Following the path of the equally consumer-friendly AOL.

  8. bergsten says:

    Would someone be so kind as to explain (the poster, not the concept of) “CNBC Sucks” to me?

    I read the posts, and, though they are articulate, generally grammatically correct and mostly spelled correctly, I come away with the uneasy feeling that there’s an inside joke I’m not party to, or that I arrived at the party an hour after the Mescaline was consumed.

    So what gives with the “poetic” posts? Is he channeling Hunter Thompson? James Joyce?

    “Interesting” (though stale) Blog too, and very inspired acronym for “CNBC”

  9. CNBC Sucks says:

    Hunter Thompson? James Joyce? Maybe Joyce Hunter and James Thompson. This is the second time someone has accused me of channeling something, but it’s pure, original CNBC Sucks, buddy.

    And oh, a day after I am told my “brain is getting fried” by someone who thinks David Rockefeller and Mika Brzezinski’s dad secretly run the world, my blog is called “stale” by someone whose blog literally has no content. Your blog is entitled “No More Nonsense” but it really should be entitled “Nothing to See Here, Move Along”.

    Let me guess, bergsten: You are a Libertarian?

    Bye, Ritholtz.

  10. bergsten says:

    “Stale” wasn’t a criticism, it was dissapointment. And was meant to convey “absense of recent content” as opposed to something that happens to old bread. Sorry, should have chosen a better word.

    As for “my” Blog, it’s really empty out of laziness, though a clever friend complimented me for having the only “accurately titled and completely honest” Blog on the web.

    Truth be told, I was mostly trying to determine whether this was a “write-only” Blog — happy to see somebody actually READS comments, even if they inadvertantly offend, though a “CNBC Sucks” backgrounder wouldn’t go remiss.

    And I couldn’t be a Libertarian. It would require my joining something.

    Cows turn themselves inside out all the time.

  11. CNBC Sucks says:

    Ohhhh. Well, my apologies then, James. Today was a bad day for The Great CNBC Sucks. A 4-miler tomorrow and I will be OK again. I purposely ended my posts on the CNBC Sucks blog at 200 in February because it is a nice, even number and I can be compulsively anal retentive. Believe me, maintaining a blog is time-consuming, especially when you pick the wrong wide-column template that forces you to write a lot of content. Because Ritholtz has so much traffic, I chose to exclusively use his blog – without asking for his permission, but Barry Wuzzy wuvs The Great CNBC Sucks – as an outlet for my rants, since the gap between hobby blogging and commercial blogging is enormous.

    My unsolicited advice to you: Do not blog. At least, do not blog under your own name, share your personal opinions with the world, and allow comments, unless you get paid lots and lots of money for it. I admire Ritholtz for doing what he does and being successful at it, but not everyone can do it. My experience on Ritholtz.com has shaped the way I think about using the blogosphere for my own professional efforts – not to mention the way I think about the world’s economic future – and I can tell you that I would not try to do what he does.

    After all, I want to get bought drinks on Broad Street.

  12. CNBC Sucks says:

    And since you drew me out, bergsten, I might as well use this now outdated thread – since no one will read it – to express sentimentalities to a few Ritholtz regulars: cvienne (we only agreed half the time, but I always found him insightful, down-to-earth, and funny), leftback, Mannwich (do not let the world frustrate you, Jeff), ahab, Transor Z (I think this retirement will stick, TZ), Wes Schott, ben22, karen (she used to visit my blog and I think she secretly still does), the irrepressible Steve Barry, Bruce in Tennessee (a class act regardless of our radically different world views), and of course, the progressive brigade of Wunsacon, Douglas Watts, and others. If I have left anyone out, it was not necessarily intentional. Busting Ritholtz’s chops affectionately and interacting with these faceless friends are what have made it difficult time and again to stay retired. It is not a stretch to say that posting on this blog was a part of The Great CNBC Sucks’ life for nearly a year.

    All good things must come to an end.

  13. bergsten says:

    ALMOST nobody will read it. Maybe a FIVE miler is in order. If I ever run into you on Broad Street (NYC or London), drinks are on me.

  14. I-Man says:

    Whats the haps brah?

  15. cvienne says:

    yo man :-)

  16. I-Man says:

    Dude, I’m kinda sweating my short XLF… FAZ

    I know they’re gunning for my shares…

    I know the trend is down… but any mega squeeze on your radar here in the nancials?

  17. I-Man says:

    I just see this as a kind of last gasp… but its still casting some doubt on me… I know, I’m being a piker.

  18. cvienne says:

    I told you last week that the financials were the last thing on my radar screen…

    I think it’s all noise…Typical buy the rumor sell the news (excuse to bid the market up to some technical levels)
    Plus, you had Meredith Whitney on TV…

    But stay focused…

    -look at crude still struggling
    -look at China still struggling

    I won’t be nervous unless I see the S&P over 908…This kinda reminds me of the way I felt when it was challenging 931 (coming up a few days before the end of the months)…now it’s opex

  19. I-Man says:

    Yeah… I know.

    I actually want out of this trade, but trying to let the technicals dictate that, and not my desire to allocate that capital to my overall core’s on SDS and QID.

    I know its noise, but its hard fading Meredith for some reason… gotta remember she’s just an analyst.

    I guess I should heed my own rule:
    “when in doubt… get the f*ck out.”

    Just dont want to do anything stupid of course. I’ll be feeling real stupid if there’s a huge financials breakdown tomorrow… the likely aftermath after a squeeze like today.

  20. I-Man says:


    Enough of this vagi-ness.

    The trend is down. I’m going for a walk around the block.

  21. bergsten says:

    Dead Blog entries as “dead drops.” Cool. What a concept!

  22. cvienne says:

    I just wanted to stay FAR AWAY from the financials…

    In the US, there’s too much focus on that (because they’re reporting)…

    It’s a sleight of hand by the magician…While he has you looking one way, the other way…

    - China
    - Nasdaq

    are making technical tops IMO

  23. Onlooker from Troy says:


    Yep, it’s an idea I thought about floating to keep active threads from digressing severely without creating dedicated market chatter threads which have their own problems, as we determined a while back amongst us. But I never brought it up. But obviously I Man was all over that.

    What I can’t figure out is what TYP stands for. What is it I Man? I’m stumped, but it’ll probably be obvious in hindsight.

  24. I-Man says:

    “Takin Yo Pulse”

    I and I take no credit, its a Cvienne inspiration.

  25. cvienne says:


    TYP=taking your pulse

  26. I-Man says:

    Nice time stamp CV.

  27. Onlooker from Troy says:

    Aha! Shoulda known

  28. bergsten says:

    Spread spectrum communications AND front-running (the time stamps). Brilliant!

  29. bergsten says:

    @CNBC Sucks
    On the assumption you’re still amongst the living and happen to wander back here sometime to read this…

    Thank you for your sage advice (Blogging and why one shouldn’t do it). Clearly, you’re intelligent enough to realize that nobody ever really changes their mind about anything (fundamental), and nobody ever actually takes advice. The fact that you’re willing to take the time and effort to give it anyway puts you on my “one of the good guys” list. For whatever that’s worth.

    As for Barry, I’m simply blown away by the sheer volume of his quality output (and willingness to keep on going to Englewood Cliffs which is SERIOUSLY in the wrong direction from Long Island). I wish I could find the enthusiasm to do even a portion of what he does.