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Some say mankind is lost and if you look around you may be tempted to agree. Fortunately there are a lot things worth fighting for and of them is history. Since we should be talking about computers and Internet here it's about the history of these domains obviously. Founded back in late 1994 by David Bohnett and John Rezner as Beverly Hills Internet (BHI) Geocities became one of the Internet's icons having about 38 million user-built pages before its closure a sad event that took place on the 26th of October 2009.
Seeing a Web hosting service going down is nothing out of ordinary but seeing one like Geocities going down that's really sad as I said since this actually killed a part of the Internet as we know it. Fortunately not all is lost because someone came to the rescue. Just one man some hardware a great idea and a lot of work - Reocities!
This site is a great resource for everyone no matter if they were online during Geocities' days of glory or not. Speaking for myself I only had a friend with a Geocities page but he deleted that one after a while. Anyway history is history and we should preserve it so I say a big THANK YOU to Jacques Mattheij from The Netherlands the man behind this huge effort to keep as many Geocities pages alive after death!
What you should do? Well if you checked Reocities' main page I am sure you also got to the other interesting parts but if you haven't I strongly suggest to check at least the Open Letter and the Making Of pages. The rest of it is silence... RIP Geocities and welcome to the virtual world Reocities! ;)