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Its member sites are still accessible, and it is still accepting new account registrations, but now all services are only available in Japanese.The company created its own Web directory, organized thematically in six "neighborhoods".The watermark, much like an onscreen graphic on some television channels, was a transparent floating GIF which used Java Script to stay on the bottom right side of the browser screen.Many users felt the watermark interfered with the design of their Web site and threatened to move their Web pages elsewhere.By 1999 Geo Cities was the third-most visited Web site on the World Wide Web, behind AOL and Yahoo! In 2001, amidst speculation by analysts that Geo Cities was not yet profitable (it having declared an million loss for the final quarter of 1998), Yahoo!introduced a for-fee premium hosting service at Geo Cities and reduced the accessibility of free and low-price hosting accounts by limiting their data transfer rate for Web page visitors; since that time the data transfer limit for free accounts was said to be limited to 3 GB per month, but was enforced as a limit of about 4.2 MB per hour.
also promised free hosting, and for 8 years this has been the case, as of January 2018(closed 2011), Web Cite, and In March 2008 Geo Cities had 15.1 million unique U. In 1999, a complaint was instituted against Geo Cities stating that the corporation violated the provisions of the Federal Trade Commission Act under 15 U. Subsequently, a consent order was entered into which prohibits Geo Cities from misrepresenting the purpose for which it collects and/or uses personal identifying information from consumers. At the time of the complaint, Geo Cities had more than 1.8 million members who were "homesteaders." Geo Cities illegally permitted third-party advertisers to promote products targeted to Geo Cities' 1.8 million users, by using personally identifiable information obtained in the registration process.
Attempts to access any page using the original Geo Cities URL now forward to Yahoo! Shortly after the Geo Cities closing announcement, the Internet Archive announced a project to archive Geo Cities pages, stating "Geo Cities has been an important outlet for personal expression on the Web for almost 15 years." Internet Archive made it their task to ensure the thoroughness and completeness of their archive of Geo Cities sites.
There is no formal relationship between Geo Cities and geocities.ws, as it is a completely different company.
During the sign-up process, new members chose to which neighborhood they wanted to belong.
This neighborhood became part of the member's Web address along with a sequentially assigned "street address" number to make the URL unique (for example, " Drive/number").