Geocities shuts down today.
Ah, Geocities. My first website. Which I spent 4 hours saving last night file by file, because you, Geocities, never understood what FTP stood for (at least for free users).
I signed up for Geocities circa 1997, when I was 15, and that's where I learned the basics of website building. It's my job now. I've moved past the Comic Sans font and the blinky text and now I work on autodesk.com.
Geocities was crappy in a lot of ways, particularly after Yahoo! bought it, but in the beginning it was a nice place... the first online community I joined, before I became more involved in eGroups (which became Yahoo! Groups and also started to suck. Wow, do I detect a pattern), and then LiveJournal. Geocities had all these different neighborhoods - I was a SunsetStrip girl myself.
I had a few websites on Geocities, mostly fandom stuff and a some school related things. My biggest one was a Backstreet Boys site which was pretty popular, I guess. I didn't know how to view my stats (did they even give their users access to the stats then?) but Geocities contacted me to tell me I had one of the most visited sites in my "neighborhood". They sent me a t-shirt and upgraded my space limit to 50mb, which rocked back in 1997. Unfortunately at some point after Yahoo! bought Geocities, I was downgraded to 20mb without warning and lost half my site (most of the folder images were empty when I did my backup last night).
Someone on metafilter.com put it best: reading that Geocities is shutting down is like reading the obit of the guy you lost your virginity to.
Farewell, Geocities. I shall play a midi in your honor.