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Reocities: because Geocities is gone, but not forgotten

When Yahoo! decided to close down GeoCities, a lot of us shed a single tear for our first home on the Internet and moved on. For one man called Jacques, though, that wasn't good enough.

He took it upon himself to save as much of GeoCities as possible, by writing scripts that pinged the site to find active pages, and then downloaded them to his personal storage space. The one-man project, called Reocities, rescued an estimated 600,000 GeoCities sites before the big shutdown.

The six-day project started with just the SiliconValley neighborhood of GeoCities, but after a quick trip to Wikipedia, Jacques found a list of all the other neighborhoods on the site, and decided to save them all.

That's a heck of a lot of data, even at the 10mb/sec download speed he was getting. If you want to find out more about this...err...heroic endeavor, The Reocities "Making Of" page details the adventure and the setup that saved a big chunk of GeoCities.

[via Mashable]

Tags: archive, GeoCities, reocities