GeoCities was founded in 1994 as Beverly Hills Internet, now ‘Yahoo! GeoCities’ was one of the first services to offer an easy way for early Internet surfers to publish their own Web pages, and its free hosting space became the home for thousands of sites built around thematically oriented "neighborhoods": conservation, fashion, military, sports, finance, travel, and more. Once the Internet's third most visited domain, will be shutting down on Oct. 26. Yahoo! ceased accepting new registrations in April 2009 in preparation of the service's closing. As their FAQ states, GeoCities is not being decommissioned — it's being deleted. That means any data not personally backed up by its owners or readers “will not be recoverable, ever”.