Better Archive Those Old GeoCities Anime Sites

Better Archive Those Old GeoCities Anime Sites

It has been reported in many places that Yahoo is going to close down GeoCities, that now ancient-of-days free homepage hosting site that so many people used back in the 90’s when the Internet was new, fresh, and exciting. In recent years, I’m not sure how many people are creating new accounts in order to build a home page but with the advent of blogs, social networking sites, and cheap domains, the age of GeoCities has come to an end.

I never used GeoCities for any of my own stuff because I’ve had a domain for a number of years. However, as I looked through my list of bookmarks, I was surprised to see how many of these were bookmarked to a GeoCities site. Case in point, Punistation’s Tenchi Muyo fandom site, with lots and lots of goodies one likely won’t find elsewhere (I have talked with Punistation and she’s going to look for a new place to host all her stuff). How many GeoCities’ anime and manga sites for older titles will simply vanish.

“Well ANB, the Wayback Machine will have everything archived, so no worries, right?”

Ah, if that were only true. There have been a number of sites which have disappeared off the Internet and while traces of them may exist on the Wayback site, often images and whole pages won’t be archived for whatever reasons.

So, if you’ve got any old GeoCities sites bookmarked and they contain great stuff (but maybe not something you’d visit too often), you might want to think about saving those pages, images, and other materials to your hard drive, JUST in case.

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4 Responses to “Better Archive Those Old GeoCities Anime Sites”

  1. Kiriska says:

    Yeah, I’ll be sad to see Geocities go. I’ve also never used it myself, but a lot of old fandom sites — for which there are no present-day equivalents — will just be gone. It’s interesting to see that there are very few sites like these for newer fandoms though.

  2. AstroNerdBoy says:

    I think newer fandom either blogs about anime, discusses anime in the comments of blogs, or discusses anime in forums. Wikipedia (horrible as it is) has taken the role of a pseudo-fan information site, though there are a few series-specific wiki sites. I suppose those few would be the replacement of the GeoCities stuff.

    End of an era though and a reminder that we are all getting older.

  3. Anonymous says:

    I did a quick check on my Geocities bookmarks and fortunately there were almost no sites I still cared about, except a few Japanese fan pages. So I looked around and it seems like this closing won’t apply to the Japanese Geocities. There are no notices about closing there and unlike at geocities.com, they’re still taking applications for new accounts. I couldn’t find an actual press release for this, but Yahoo Japan’s press office has apparently commented that there are no plans to close the Japanese Geocities. That’s probably because Yahoo has always been a much bigger brand in Japan than over here.

    The bottom line: any geocities.jp and geocities.co.jp sites you may have bookmarked should still stay around.

  4. AstroNerdBoy says:

    Interesting. Thanks for the updated info.

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