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GeoCities Archive Available Through BitTorrent

Archive Team has announced that GeoCities, which was officially shut down just over a year ago, on October 26, 2009, is being archived. Previous users will benefit from the backed-up network when it is released as a file through BitTorrent.

GeoCities was once the third most popular website circa 1999. After they launched in 1995, GeoCities quickly rose to the top as one of the best and most accessible web hosting services through its easy to use building tools, webpages, and “neighborhoods.? Yahoo purchased GeoCities in 1999 for $3.57 before the service started to decline in popularity.

Archive Team, who is responsible for archiving the entirety of the GeoCities massive amount of data, said that unlike data that is lost accidentally to the errors of time, GeoCities was destroyed with intent. "It’s not like Yahoo! had some sort of terrible server failure or something," the team stated. "They in fact had made the active decision to turn off the site called GeoCities, and at-that-point 15 year old hosting site that contained terabytes of user-generated content."

To Archive Team, the monument of the GeoCities archives is not simply nostalgia; they are the historical documents of digital pioneers wandering out into the “Wild West? of virtual space. As one of the first web hosting services to experience popular use, GeoCities was a platform for many to find digital expression where there was none before. Foreseeing what a loss the entirety of GeoCities would represent, Archive Team set to work on preserving what it could before Yahoo shut it down completely.

"What we were facing, you see, was the wholesale destruction of the still-rare combination of words digital heritage, the erasing and silencing of hundreds of thousands of voices, voices that representing the dawn of what one might call 'regular people' joining the World Wide Web," the group said. "A unique moment in human history, preserved for many years and spontaneously combusting due to a few marks in a ledger, the decision of who-knows for who-knows-what."

Although not everything could be saved, Archive Team went through great pains to salvage as much data as possible. "We know we got a bunch of Geocities sites--a significant percentage, especially of earlier, pre-acquisition data," they said. "We archived it as best we could, we compared notes, we merged and double-checked and did whatever needed to be done with what we happened to have."

About 900 GB of data is still expected to go into the torrent as Archive Team continues to compress information from the now defunct network. Those interested in acquiring the torrent once it goes live can email to get a one-time notification.

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