Adieu GeoCities

GeoCities is closing down today. My first website was a GeoCities page, built when I was 13. I tried to find it yesterday without success – presumably it was deleted at some point, with notifications sent to long-dead email addresses. Shame.

GeoCities is much maligned for its low quality page design and general weirdness, but back in 1997 it was the basically only way to get an online presence for free. I loved it. I had a page all about magic, with a few online mathematics-based ‘tricks’, magician biographies, and a guestbook(!). I learnt HTML building websites on their service, blink tags, extraordinary backgrounds and all. XKCD has redesigned in tribute. Thanks, GeoCities – it was fun.