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Current Announcements for GeoCities Visitors and Homesteaders
Check out this page often for current information about system changes and upgrades, new activities in the GeoCities, and other announcements of interest.
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17 December - 12:50 PST (-0800 GMT)
The GeoCities mail server is back in full operation again.
GeoCities Email Support Team
17 December - 11:10 PST (-0800 GMT)
The GeoCities mail server (mail.geocities.com) will be offline for the next 60 - 90 minutes for maintenance. During this time, you will not be able to send or retrieve mail.
We will let you know when systems are back to full operation.
GeoCities Email Support Team
12 December - 19:50 PST (-0800 GMT)
The first round of the infrastructure upgrades was completed today. You may have noticed a slight service interruption this afternoon but everything is back to normal. The next round of upgrades should take place early next week, so check back here for the latest details.
If you haven't yet read the letter from our CEO, please read it now.
GeoCities Development Team
10 December - 19:50 PST (-0800 GMT)
Please read a letter from our CEO, David Bohnett. 10 December - 07:30 PST (-0800 GMT)
Due to the power outage yesterday, files that were sent to GeoCities via FTP after 4:50 P.M. PST, did not transfer into your directory until this morning. If you sent files to us after that time, please check your directory to make sure they arrived safely. Everything that was sent should have moved into your directory by now. If you modified your member name or password between the time you sent your files and 7:00 A.M. today, it is likely that your files will not be in your directory, and you will need to resend them.
GeoCities Operations Team
9 December - 20:30 PST (-0800 GMT)
Parts of GeoCities were down for several hours this evening due to an outage at our local network provider. Among other things, this affected our chat servers and caused us to postpone the second GeoCities Dating Game, which had originally been scheduled for 6 p.m. PST. The Dating Game will now be held on Friday December 13. (See the events calendar for details.)
GeoCities Development Team
8 December - 15:40 PST (-0800 GMT)
This is further information about the recent outage at GeoCities.
We are continuing to restore files in a few of our neighborhoods - Specifically - CapeCanaveral, Colosseum/Field, CollegePark, EnchantedForest and SoHo/Lofts. You may notice that some pages in these neighborhoods are either missing or contain broken GIF's. We anticipate to complete our restore in these five neighborhoods by Monday morning.
We ask that homesteaders in these neighborhoods refrain, if possible, from updating their pages until we have completed our restore. Any changes to your pages made during the restore may be lost. We will update this announcements page as soon as the backup for these neighborhoods is complete.
The other neighborhoods affected by the outage were - Broadway, Heartland/Plains, SiliconValley/Park, SunsetStrip/Alley, Hollywood/Hills, MotorCity, and SiliconValley/Heights.
Homesteaders in these seven neighborhoods as well as the five previously mentioned will need to re-upload any changes to their pages made on Friday, December 6.
Please read the next announcement for further background. We appreciate your patience as we restore GeoCities to full operation.
GeoCities Operations Team
7 December - 12:52 PST (-0800 GMT)
This is a special announcement about the recent outage at GeoCities.
The recent outage at GeoCities was due to a power failure at our ISP's facility and then file system problems related to the power outage. The power failure occurred between 6:30 PM and 9:30 PM PST on Friday, December 6. As a result of the power outage one of our main file servers did not return to full operational status. We have restored all data on the file server from the most recent backup tape, and we expect GeoCities to resume full operation sometime mid-day on Saturday. A number of neighborhoods were stored on the file system that was restored from backup tape.
Homesteaders who modified their pages on Friday, December 6, are encouraged to check the status of their sites. Some homesteaders may need to re-submit any updates that were previously submitted on Friday the 6th. We sincerely regret any inconvenience this may have caused, and we're working diligently to ensure minimal disruption in the future. As always, we appreciate your continued interest and support of GeoCities.
For more questions and answers please have a look at our special GeoCities Q&A;
David Bohnett and the GeoCities Development Team
7 December - 03:43 PST (-0800 GMT)
Due to a power outage some of the images and pages within GeoCities are not loading properly. We are aware of the situation and are working to restore all files. Please check back for current updates. We apologize for any inconvenience and will do our best to recover as quickly as possible.
GeoCities Operations
3 December - 15:40 PST (-800 GMT)
We have just completed adding all lost traffic counts to those counters that were lowered last week. If yours was changed, you should notice an increased count as of 3:00 p.m. PST this afternoon.
We apologize for this situation but are confident that the current numbers are accurate.
GeoCities Development team
27 November - 16:50 PST (-800 GMT)
Most of the system upgrades are complete, but we will continue to add new hardware to the network over the next several weeks to meet the growing demand for homesteader pages in GeoCities. We know that some systems on the site are not fully operational yet, but we are working to locate and repair them as fast as we can.
We are also aware of some counters being affected by the recent changes. We are working on restoring them to their correct visitor count, but it will likely be early next week before complete repairs are made. We sincerely apologize for the problem, and pledge to you that it won't happen again.
Thank you for your understanding and patience.
GeoCities Development Team
26 November - 21:50 PST (-800 GMT)
The infrastructure upgrades will continue through the night and into the early morning hours. We will post another announcement tomorrow morning with further updates.
Thanks a lot for your patience as we continue to build a stronger GeoCities.
GeoCities Development Team
26 November - 7:00 PST (-800 GMT)
GeoCities is undergoing some system upgrades today which will render some areas of the site unreachable for portions of the day. We will do everything possible to minimize your inconvenience during this period. None of the homesteader utilities will be affected by this upgrade, with the possible exception of the EZ File Upload Utility. However, you will still be able to upload your files through the normal FTP procedures.
Additionally, the application process will not be affected, so feel free to apply for residency in the neighborhood of your choice.
GeoCities Development Team
12 November - 13:00 PST (-800 GMT)
GeoCities is back in full operation again. We have installed a new database server and performance appears to be improved. Please let us know if you notice an improvement in response time, especially when accessing your account or editing your pages.
Thank you for your understanding during this period of "read-only" access.
GeoCities Development team
11 November - 17:00 PST (-800 GMT)
GeoCities will be in "read-only" mode tomorrow 11/12/96 from 9:30 PST to 12:30 PST. You will still be able to browse the neighborhoods, but will be unable to update or create any files in your directory. Additionally, applications for new residency will not be processed during this period. We are upgrading our database to provide faster response times.
GeoCities Development Team
8 November - 13:40 PST (-800 GMT)
GeoCities is once again fully operational. Thank you for your understanding during this downtime.
GeoCities Development Team
8 November - 12:00 PST (-800 GMT)
GeoCities will be in "read-only" mode until 14:30 PST, today. You will still be able to browse the neighborhoods, but will be unable to update or create any files in your directory. Additionally, applications for new residency will not be processed during this period.
Thank you for your patience during this time.
GeoCities Development Team
6 November - 16:00 PST (-800 GMT)
As a result of some system upgrades last week, some welcome letters containing your initial password were inadvertently dropped by our system. Therefore, earlier today we remailed welcome letters to anyone that hadn't yet moved in as of about 11:00 a.m., PST today. Please check your email for the welcome letter and let us know if you haven't received it.
GeoCities Development Team
6 November - 16:00 PST (-800 GMT)
We will upgrade our FTP server today which requires us to take it off line from 10:00 PST - 18:00 PST. During this time you will not be able to upload any files to your directory. Please check back here often for more information.
GeoCities Development Team
23 October - 11:00 PDT (-800 GMT)
Our mail servers (mail.geocities.com) were down for 1 - 2 hours this morning. During this time you were probably not able to send or receive any mail using your GeoCities e-mail account. Everything is back to normal again and we apologize for this inconvenience.
GeoCities Development Team
16 October - 14:00 PDT (-800 GMT)
We have finished upgrading our mailserver and all systems are back to normal. Thank you for your patience.
GeoCities Development Team
16 October - 9:00 PDT (-800 GMT)
We will upgrade our e-mail servers today which requires us to take them down from 10:00 PDT - 13:00 PDT. We apologize for this inconvenience and appreciate your patience.
GeoCities Development Team
11 October 1996 - 20:00 PDT (-0800 GMT)
All systems are back to normal. You should not experience any more problems during your stay at GeoCities.
GeoCities Development Team
11 October 1996 - 17:00 PDT (-0800 GMT)
GeoCities is back on line! A power outage in our server room in Palo Alto caused several hours of downtime today. We are sorry for this inconvenience and appreciate your patience as we finalize all necessary repairs. Please check this page often to see the latest developments.
GeoCities Development Team
10 October 1996 - 12:00 PDT (-0800 GMT)
Moving day is finally here! It's an exciting day for us at GeoCities, but moving requires few hours of downtime for several areas of GeoCities. When we come back online, we'll be in our new offices in Santa Monica.
GeoCities Development Team
24 September 1996 - 16:20 PDT (-0800 GMT)
Sorry for the delay, but the FTP server is back on line. You may once again transfer your files via FTP, or you can always use our new EZ File Upload Utility.
Thank you for your understanding during this downtime.
GeoCities Development Team
24 September 1996 - 10:40 PDT (-0800 GMT)
We are upgrading the operating system on the FTP server today, and will need to take it offline for about 4 hours. Between the hours of 11:00 AM and 3:00 PM Los Angeles time, you will not even be able to connect to the FTP server to send us files. However, our new EZ File Upload Utility will still be operating normally, and you may use it to transfer any files that you need to.
If you attempt to connect to the FTP server during this time, you will likely receive an error message such as "unable to connect to server", or "connection refused by host", or possibly "unable to locate host". Again, this will only occur for about 4 hours today, and we will post an announcement when operation is back to normal.
Thank you for you patience during this system upgrade.
GeoCities Development Team
12 September 1996 - 09:40 PDT (-0800 GMT)
We have resumed normal operations again. Please let us know if you notice any difference in the way the system responds. We are especially interested in comments relating to any of the member utilities or the residential neighborhood address blocks.
Thanks for your understanding during the upgrade.
GeoCities Development Team
12 September 1996 - 09:40 PDT (-0800 GMT)
GeoCities will be in "read-only" mode for about 2 hours today, beginning around 10:15 (PDT) this morning. You may browse the pages of GeoCities freely, but will not be able to make any changes to your home page. This downtime is necessary in order to install a new database server, which will vastly improve your GeoCities experience.
Thank you for your support as we continually strive to make GeoCities better.
GeoCities Development Team
09 August 1996 - 16:25 PDT (-0800 GMT)
We've experienced some growing pains with the FANTASTIC response to our free email offer which has resulted in some performance problems when sending or receiving email. We believe that these issues have been resolved and that the mail server is now much more responsive. We'd like to hear your comments about continued sluggishness or, hopefully, improved performance.
There are, however, still some problems retrieving mail using Netscape on a Macintosh operating system. These issues will be resolved as soon as possible.
Additionally, we have had to place a few restrictions on the member email program. They are as follows:
  • Mail left on the server over 7 days will be deleted. Please configure your Netscape browser to remove mail from server.
  • All accounts are limited to 500kB of mailbox space at one time. This should be plenty for everyone, as long as mail is downloaded and removed from the server on a regular basis.
Thank you for your understanding during this beta period. We are constantly working to improve this system, and will keep you updated on our progress.
GeoCities Technical Operations
08 August 1996 - 20:00 PDT (-0800 GMT)
GeoCities has resolved the difficulties with the "old" FTP process. See the following announcement for a new improved way to upload your files.
GeoCities Administration
08 August 1996 - 14:35 PDT (-0800 GMT)
GeoCities is experiencing some difficulties with the "old" FTP process. Some of you may notice that your files don't arrive in your directory after you've sent them. We are working to remedy this problem, and should have it resolved later today.
However, we strongly recommend that you use our new EZ File Upload Utility to transfer your files. This new process eliminates the need to log in to the FTP server, rename the files with your membername and password, and wait for them to transfer to your directory. Everything is done for you with this new utility, and the files are sent directly to your GeoCities directory. If you've ever had problems with the FTP process, this is the answer you've been looking for.
GeoCities Administration
07 August 1996 - 00:35 PDT (-0800 GMT)
GeoCities is pleased to present our GeoRewards program. This is our latest effort to reward our homesteaders for building great web sites, and remaining loyal to GeoCities.
GeoRewards allows you to win great prizes and draw more visitors to your site. All the work you've put into your site now pays off with GeoCities new GeoRewards program.
GeoCities Administration
06 August 1996 - 19:35 PDT (-0800 GMT)
GeoCities is pleased to announce another innovative utility designed to make your homesteading experience more enjoyable. This latest creation eliminates the need to use FTP utilities, for anyone that uses Netscape 2.0 or greater.
Our new EZ File Upload Utility allows you to upload files directly into your GeoCities directory, without having to log on to the FTP server at all. Be sure to give it a try and see how easy this process can be.
GeoCities Administration
06 August 1996 - 19:05 PDT (-0800 GMT)
GeoCities welcomed its 100,000th homesteader today. We'd like to thank all you GeoCitizens for helping us reach this milestone. If you're not yet a member, sign up today and help us reach 200,000 by the end of the year.
GeoCities Administration
30 July 1996 - 8:25 PDT (-0800 GMT)
This weekend, GeoCities added two new items to its long list of free services.
The first is a VRML 3-D Chat room that allows you to see animated representations of the other people in the room. You'll need to download the CyberGate Browser first (FREE!), and then you'll be able to join the other GeoCitizens in GeoWorld, the first totally interactive chat environment at GeoCities.
The second is the introduction of free GeoCities Email as part of your free membership in GeoCities. Every GeoCitizen is now entitled to a free GeoCities Email account, and will be reachable at "membername@geocities.com"​. This is a permanent email address that you may keep as long as you remain in GeoCities.
We hope that you enjoy these new services, and welcome your feedback on these and other GeoCities services.
GeoCities Administration
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