Yahoo! announced back in June that it was shutting down GeoCities, having acquired it for billions of dollars in January of 1999. October 26 was the date named, D-Day if you will, and Yahoo! yesterday sent out a notice to all GeoCities users pretty much advising them to get their rears in gear and find a new host, preferably Yahoo!, before the month's end.
"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 file," Yahoo! wrote in a notice to GeoCities users, adding that users could port their sites to Yahoo!'s web hosting service. The Yahoo! service would cost users $4.95 per month for the first year and $9.95 per month after that.
A little piece of us will die along with the web-hosting service that first came to be in the mid-90's so join us as we shed a tear for all the sites that will disappear if their owners deem the five-to-ten bucks Yahoo! is asking too expensive to bother.