GeoCities, a web hosting site founded in the mid-1990s which gave free home pages to its users, will close its doors on October 26, 2009 and take down all its sites. Many fans used the site; therefore fandom will be losing a lot of its early archives and resources sites when GeoCities closes.
If you are the owner of a fanfiction archive or resource, meta or other fannish page on GeoCities and you do not have another hosting alternative, we can help! Open Doors is teaming up with the Archive of Our Own and Fanlore to preserve as much material as possible.
Fanfiction: We’re offering AO3 accounts to fanfiction archives (both single author and multiple author archives are welcome) so that you may archive your fiction. (If you are not the owner or site administrator, you can still document and memorialize the site on Fanlore. Contact Open Doors for more information!)
Resource sites: If you are the owner of a resource site, we recommend a page in Fanlore with a summary of the information and purpose of the site along with screencaps of the entry page (to convey the feeling of the site) and key information. We have volunteers who can help you set up a Fanlore page documenting both the content and feel of your GeoCities page. (Even non-owners of a resource site can document and memorialize the site on Fanlore. Contact Open Doors for more information!)
If you’re interested in either archiving fic or preserving a resource site, contact us. Please include the URL of the site you wish to archive/preserve, and an email address. If you are the administrator of a multi-author site, please include email addresses for each hosted author (if possible.)
GeoCites Rescue Pages include:
- Sweet Sorcery: Sweet Sorcery on AO3, Sweet Sorcery on Fanlore.
- Alassenya’s Fiction: Alassenya on AO3; Alassenya on Fanlore.