Lessons from Geocities' death

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Thu, Sep 3rd, 2009 23:32 by capnasty NEWS

On Oct. 26, Yahoo's GeoCities, a free Web hosting service, will be no more. Hailed as the Facebook of its time, GeoCities was once the third most visited site on the Web. Today, it's all but forgotten, and only a handful of diehards will mourn the company's passing. Yet its fascinating trajectory provides a valuable lesson for social media sites built on GeoCities' foundations: it's not enough to build a critical mass of users, insiders say--if you can't make money from them, you will die.

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