Geo Cities never enforced neighborhood specific content; for example, a "Hollywood" homesteader could be nothing but a college student's home page, which would be more appropriate for another neighborhood.The company decided to focus on building membership and community, and on December 15, 1995, BHI became known as Geo Cities after having also been called Geopages. , invested extensively in Geo Cities and, with the introduction of paid premium services, the site continued to grow.In May 1997, Geo Cities introduced advertisements on its pages.Despite negative reaction from users, Geo Cities continued to grow.The implementation of the watermark preceded the widespread adoption of CSS and standardized DOM and had cross-browser issues.However, Geo Cities said in a press release that feedback regarding the watermark had been overwhelmingly positive.
In mid-1995, the company decided to offer users (thereafter known as "Homesteaders") the ability to develop free home pages within those neighborhoods.The "cities" were named after real cities or regions according to their content—for example, computer-related sites were placed in "Silicon Valley" and those dealing with entertainment were assigned to "Hollywood"—hence the name of the site. , this practice was abandoned in favor of using the Yahoo! In April 2009, approximately ten years after Yahoo!bought Geo Cities, As of February 10, 2016, Geo Cities Japan is still online, with no signs of upcoming closure.Other sites with this purpose are Geociti.es(closed 2011), Web Cite, and In March 2009 Geo Cities had 11.5 million unique visitors, a 24% decline from March 2008. § 45, which states in relevant part, "Unfair methods of competition in or affecting commerce, and unfair or deceptive acts or practices in or affecting commerce, are hereby declared unlawful." The FTC found that Geo Cities was engaged in deceptive acts and practices in contravention to their stated privacy act. The litigation came about in this way: Geo Cities provided free home pages and e-mail address to children and adults who provided personally identifying and demographic information when they registered for the Web site.On the first anniversary of Geo Cities' closing, Archive Team released a torrent file archive of 641 GB (prior to 7z compression, it was approximately 900 GB of data). 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.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.