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is a still further website attempting to archive the Geo Cities pages. In March 2009 Geo Cities had 11.5 million unique visitors, a 24% decline from March 2008. § 45, which states in relevant part, "Unfair methods of competition in or affecting commerce, and unfair or deceptive acts or practices in or affecting commerce, are hereby declared unlawful." The FTC found that Geo Cities was engaged in deceptive acts and practices in contravention to their stated privacy act. The litigation came about in this way: Geo Cities provided free home pages and e-mail address to children and adults who provided personally identifying and demographic information when they registered for the Web site.On the first anniversary of Geo Cities closing, Archive Team released a torrent file archive of 641 GB (prior to 7z compression, it was approximately 900 GB of data). In March 2008 Geo Cities had 15.1 million unique U. In 1999, a complaint was instituted against Geo Cities stating that the corporation violated the provisions of the Federal Trade Commission Act under 15 U. Subsequently, a consent order was entered into which prohibits Geo Cities from misrepresenting the purpose for which it collects and/or uses personal identifying information from consumers. At the time of the complaint, Geo Cities had more than 1.8 million members who were "homesteaders." Geo Cities illegally permitted third-party advertisers to promote products targeted to Geo Cities' 1.8 million users, by using personally identifiable information obtained in the registration process.
On July 5, 1995 Geo Cities added additional cities, including "Capitol Hill," "Paris," "Silicon Valley," and "Tokyo." By December 1995, the company, which now had a total of 14 neighborhoods, was signing up thousands of Homesteaders a day and getting over six million monthly page views.The neighborhoods included "Colosseum," "Hollywood," "Rodeo Drive," "Sunset Strip," "Wall Street," and "West Hollywood".In mid-1995, the company decided to offer users (thereafter known as "Homesteaders") the ability to develop free home pages within those neighborhoods.Attempts to access any page using the original Geo Cities URL now forward to a site announcing "Geocities closed in 2009" and advertising Yahoo! Shortly after the Geo Cities closing announcement, the Internet Archive announced a project to archive Geo Cities pages, stating "Geo Cities has been an important outlet for personal expression on the Web for almost 15 years." Internet Archive made it their task to ensure the thoroughness and completeness of their archive of Geo Cities sites.The operators of the Web site Reocities downloaded as much of the content hosted on Geo Cities as they could before it shut down in the intent to create a mirror of Geo Cities, albeit an incomplete one.The company went public in August 1998, listing on the NASDAQ exchange with the code GCTY.
The IPO price was $17, rising rapidly after launch to a peak of over $100. switched from neighborhoods and street address URLs for homesteaders to "vanity" URLs through members' sign-up names to Yahoo! This service was previously offered only as a premium.
The "cities" were named after real cities or regions according to their content—for example, computer-related sites were placed in "Silicon Valley" and those dealing with entertainment were assigned to "Hollywood"—hence the name of the site. , this practice was abandoned in favor of using the Yahoo! In April 2009, approximately ten years after Yahoo!
bought Geo Cities, As of February 10, 2016, Geo Cities Japan is still online, with no signs of upcoming closure.
The watermark, much like an onscreen graphic on some television channels, was a transparent floating GIF which used Java Script to stay on the bottom right side of the browser screen.
Many users felt the watermark interfered with the design of their Web site and threatened to move their Web pages elsewhere.
Its member sites are still accessible, and it is still accepting new account registrations, but now all services are only available in Japanese.