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This article was published on August 18, 2015


Witness a glorious graveyard of Geocities GIFs

Witness a glorious graveyard of Geocities GIFs
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Mic Wright is a journalist specialising in technology, music and popular culture. He lives in Dublin. He is on Twitter at @brokenbottleboy. Mic Wright is a journalist specialising in technology, music and popular culture. He lives in Dublin. He is on Twitter at @brokenbottleboy.

Our own Owen Williams wrote recently with a wistful tone about the glorious old Web age of Geocities.

I suspect he – and probably you, since you clicked on this story – will really like Cameron’s World, an art website that’s scrabbled up tonnes of GIFs from those times and put them together in a glorious collage.

Here’s how Cameron, a designer based in Berlin, describes the project:

Cameron’s World is a web-collage of text and images excavated from the buried neighbourhoods of archived GeoCities pages (1994–2009). GeoCities was a web-hosting service that made it possible for people to build their own home pages. During the 90s, users from all over the world created personalized corners of the Internet.

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By the time the U.S. service shut down in October 2009, there were over 38 million GeoCities pages. Cameron’s World brings together archived material from thousands and thousands of these sites. In an age where we interact primarily with branded and marketed web content, Cameron’s World is a tribute to the lost days of unrefined self-expression on the internet.

In a world of relatively uniform Twitter profiles and the consistent blue of Facebook, I think that’s wonderful.

Cameron’s World

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