There’s a fantastic project out there that’s taking screenshots of random Geocites pages as they would have appeared when they were live.
It’s strangely compelling viewing.
Sites like these showcase an important aspect of our cultural heritage. Back when the internet was called the “information superhighway” and people were still talking about the “digital frontier”, Geocites was where you could stake your claim.
I did it myself once. I set up my own little homestead that hosted a Java Applet I’d written – a Java version of the classic game Elite. I couldn’t get the flight engine quite right, but you could trade from Lave to Diso, view things on the radar, travel between systems and view all the original craft in their rotating vector glory. The site is sadly lost but the memories remain.
Grab yourself a bit of nostalgic indulgence here: http://oneterabyteofkilobyteage.tumblr.com/
More background of the project can be found here: http://rhizome.org/editorial/2014/feb/10/authenticity-access-digital-preservation-geocities/