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Yahoo is shutting down Geo Cities

Discussion in 'BlackHat Lounge' started by iamsgf, Apr 24, 2009.

  1. iamsgf

    iamsgf Regular Member

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    Yup, Yahoo have anounced that they are going to shut down geocities.....

    http://help.yahoo.com/l/us/yahoo/geocities/geocities-05.html

    So time to take it off your lists. If you have any PR geocity sites, time to get selling them on DP asp before too many people know.

    (I am so going to laugh when I see loads appear on DP)

    Damn, geicities was the first place I built my first site.

    Anyway I am sure some of you will also think of ways to monotise this. If you are an email scraper, I am sure you can scrape half a ton of emails. Offer a move serivce of thier site to new hosting, etc etc.

    or if you are a content king, then a mass of content is about to be wiped of the web, so grab it now and in a couple of months you will have a shit load of free unique content..........


    Enjoy...
     
  2. aмillionaírе

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    It was only harboring script kiddies and splogs anyway. Good riddance. But you know, I'm going to scrape this like you said. Thanks Yahoo for your incompetence. Starting tomorrow I will allocate 5 hours to my scraping application.
     
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    next to go.......... angelfire. :(
     
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    memories....yea, geocities is where i built my first site as well. that was about 13 years ago and when frames were really cool. oh, the days of dialup.
     
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    http://gawker.com/5226290/the-billion+dollar-blackhole-of-social-media

    Will anyone miss GeoCities, the antiquated homepage service Yahoo bought for
    $3.5 billion in 1999, and then left to rot? Venture capitalist Fred Wilson will
    he hasn't seen that kind of payday in ages.

    Long before Web 2.0, long before MySpace, Twitter, Tumblr, and the like,
    entrepreneurs were trying to exploit the human urge to communicate. Amazon.com
    acquired PlanetAll, an online address book and calendar service, in 1998 for $87
    million. That same year, AOL bough ICQ, a rival instant-messaging service, for
    $407 million.

    Long before Del.icio.us, there was HotLinks, a Web bookmarks service founded by Jonathan Abrams, who would go on to found, yes, Friendster; it was sold for a pittance. And before Ning, there was online community-builder eGroups, swallowed up by Yahoo. And whatever happened to the original SixDegrees.com? Bought for $125 million in 2000, then shuttered the next year amidst the bust.

    Did any of those acquisitions benefit the acquirer? In some cases investors made
    out. But the brands and services are forgotten, neglected by their owners and
    abandoned by fickle Internet users.

    The point is that the ideas of the Web 2.0 craze aren't new. They've merely been
    rehashed with slicker technology. The only thing that has really changed is the
    emergence of a new wave of investors with short memories, willing to take a
    gamble on companies with the appearance of fast growth and popularity.

    Wilson is the exception: Someone who ought to know better, but hasn't learned
    his lesson. Or learned the wrong one. GeoCities was a fluke, driven by the
    crazed equity markets of the late 1990s, and the madness caused by six dueling
    portals all eager to establish themselves as the leading Internet destination,
    and willing to pay anything for pageviews.

    What does it mean that Yahoo was willing to pay $3.5 billion for GeoCities, but not $3 billion a few years later for Google?

    Yahoo is now closing GeoCities, which prompted Wilson to reminisce about his old
    venture capital firm Flatiron Partners' hundredfold return:

    "I learned a lot from that deal. I learned that the Internet is all about people
    expressing themselves on pages they own and control. I learned that a business
    deal made over dinner and a handshake can turn into hundreds of millions of
    dollars, I learned that good partners are worth every penny of returns you give
    up to get them, and I learned that selling too soon is not too painful as long
    as you don't sell too much.

    And most of all I learned that you can make 100 times your investment every once in a while. And when you do, it's something special."

    GeoCities, which offered people a crude kind of Web presence at a time when most
    people found building websites too technically intimidating, certainly offers
    lessons. But perhaps not the ones Wilson has in mind.

    Websites which allow us to idle away time with our friends will always attract a
    large share of our online attention. The lesson of GeoCities is that they're
    only lucrative as long as there's a greater fool around.