Yahoo! will stop providing the Geocities free web hosting service later this year. What started off in 1994, providing free web hosting communities, was started off by Beverly Hills Internet. In it's original form, Geocities consisted of several virtual 'cities' that represented a category (Eg. Cape Canaveral was for Science & Silicon Valley was for Technology (?) ).
It was acquired by Yahoo in 1999. After a change in the Terms of Service, indicating that all content would be owned by Yahoo!, Geocities grew fairly unpopular and this caused Yahoo! to reverse it's decision on content ownership. Geocities also sold information about it's users to marketing firms which led to a litigation.