GeoCities Shutdown of 2009

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The GeoCities Shutdown of 2009 was the termination by Yahoo! of all sites within the GeoCities free web-hosting service on October 26-27, 2009. The shutdown, announced in April and elaborated upon over the summer, wiped out over two dozen Daria fan sites, some of considerable note. None were known to be currently active. In the months following the announcement of the shutdown, several projects were undertaken to mirror Geocities in order to "save" websites in danger of deletion from the internet. The results managed to archive several Daria websites.

Background

At the end of September 2008, America Online (AOL) announced it was terminating its AOL Hometown web-hosting service, a move that eliminated (so far as is known) just one Daria website. The AOL shutdown was completed on October 31, 2008.

Ace Trax: Putting the X in Crossovers

AOL Hometown, however, was a paid web-hosting service; GeoCities was free and attracted many more novice webmasters, including those in media fandoms. (See comments from a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles fansite.) It also attracted spammers, and this, plus the movement of webmasters into social networking sites, spelled doom for the service. Yahoo! continues to operate paid-for web hosting.

It is curious that the two web-hosting shutdowns took place in October either on or very close to Halloween in consecutive years. A trend?

Lost Daria Websites

A long list of lost websites is offered below. The links themselves are not active and are offered only for the reader's information. Some of these sites might have been preserved by Archive.org and thus reachable at least in part using the WayBack Machine.

  • Ace Trax: Putting the X in Crossovers, a.k.a. Not Another Daria Fansite (www.geocities.com/ace_trax/): fanfiction collection of crossover tales
  • Bradley's Official Unofficial Daria Website (www.geocities.com/TelevisionCity/8892/), saved by Reocities [1]
  • C.A. Moore's Fiction (www.geocities.com/cab_moore/#top): fanfiction collection of C. A. Moore, of Tasmania
  • "Chainsaw" Jane's Fanfiction Closet, later Shallow 15 Productions (www.geocities.com/shallow15/): fanfiction collection of Erin Mills, frontpage saved by GeoCities.ws [2], Daria fiction lost
"Chainsaw" Jane's Fanfiction Closet
  • Canadibrit's Fanfic Quotefest (www.geocities.com/canadibrit/quotefest.html): humor site, last remnant of Canadibrit's home page, I Am (Not) Daria
  • Daria (www.geocities.com/daria22002/): the only known fansite in Hebrew, saved by Geocities.ws [3]
  • Daria (www.geocities.com/david_g_g/Daria.html): Spanish, saved by GeoCities.ws [4]
  • Daria, Daria, Daria... (www.geocities.com/TelevisionCity/9970/index.html): an old but large Daria supersite, saved by the oocities project [5]
  • Daria en Castellano (www.geocities.com/fernando_santoianni/index.htm): Spanish
  • Daria Fan Fiction Website (www.geocities.com/TelevisionCity/Studio/4148/): extensive fanfiction collection from the earliest days of the fandom, the largest archive of those lost, saved by ReoCities [6]
Daria Fan Fiction Website
  • Daria Morgendorffer (1) (www.geocities.com/mmagali2001/dariamorgendorffer.html): French
  • Daria Morgendorffer (2) (www.geocities.com/mmagali2001/dariamorgendorffer2.html): French
  • Daria on VHS (www.geocities.com/dariaonvhs/): an old "save Daria" site, outmoded by DVDaria, saved by GeoCities.ws [7]
  • Daria Rocks (www.geocities.com/posercons/daria.html)
Anna Dufour's Daria Shrine
  • The Daria Shrine (webmaster Anna Dufour) (www.geocities.com/dariashrine/): fanfiction collection, small supersite, saved by GeoCities.ws [8]
  • Daria's Philosophy (www.geocities.com/Tokyo/Bridge/6823/): French, down before the shutdown, remnants were saved by ReoCities [9]
  • Daria's Sick Sad World (webmaster Jorge) (www.geocities.com/Hollywood/Theater/4165/daria_index.html), saved by ReoCities [10]
  • Dariagraphy (www.geocities.com/dariagraphy/main.html) saved by GeoCities.ws [11]
  • Free Radio Lawndale (www.geocities.com/shallow15/frl.html): fanfiction collection by Ken Tremberth and Erin Mills
  • The Green Sink (www.geocities.com/cincgreen/start.html): important if controversial review-and-commentary fansite by CINCGREEN
  • Jason's World of Daria (www.geocities.com/TelevisionCity/Studio/6632/), saved by Reocities [12]
  • Lauren's Maxi Mart (www.geocities.com/laurens_maxi_mart/index): Beavis and Butt-head site that included information on Daria in this earlier TV series, saved by GeoCities.ws [13]
  • Mark Zero Fan Fiction, Unlimited (www.geocities.com/TelevisionCity/Network/4938): site that archived the Daria fanfiction of Peter Guerin, saved by ReoCities [14]
  • Mark Zero Fan Fiction, Unlimited (www.geocities.com/dickmarino/index.html): alternate Daria fanfiction archive of Peter Guerin, saved by GeoCities.ws [15]
Quinn the Brain
  • Quinn the Brain (www.geocities.com/TelevisionCity/Studio/7723/): site has been re-saved at this address
  • Tiffany's World Fanfics (www.geocities.com/Hollywood/Theater/4037/tiffw-intro.html): fanfiction collection of Steve Cross, a.k.a. Steve Blum-Deckler and Inaria, saved by ReoCities [16]
  • You Know You Watch Too Much Daria When.... (www.geocities.com/azul_hime/ykywtmdw/index.html) saved by GeoCities.ws [17]
Mark Zero Fan Fiction, Unlimited
  • You're Standing On My Neck (uk.geocities.com/pumpkinsmasheruk/home.html): United Kingdom

Lost AOL Site

  • My Daria (AOL Hometown) (www.hometown.aol.com/__121b_+D9td0fa46MgQxYCS1BrMDVyWuQyZ5SD): the only known AOL Hometown Daria fansite
Daria, Daria, Daria...

External Links

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Daria on VHS