Although Vine is shutting down, the internet never ceases to provide new and fascinating ways to waste time. One such way is brought to you by the Internet Archive, a search engine that commemorates the heady days of GIFs populating GeoCities. They call it .
GeoCities, for readers who might not remember, was a web hosting service that separated users by interests into various sections, or "cities." Websites about science fiction went in "Area 51," outdoor recreational sites were at "Yellowstone." But time passed and the hosting service's influence shrank after it was purchased by Yahoo!, and it was eventually shuttered in 2009.
While still operating in Japan, GeoCities, and subsequently GifCities, are testaments to the early days of the Internet, before it was the greatest force for commerce and interconnectivity the world had seen. It was a weird, unprofessional place that had a lot of porn (many GifCities searches are NSFW), broken links, and websites that were never fully formed. But there's a certain beauty in remembering what things were like before they got professionally smooth, and by framing it as a search engine GifCities allows that remembrance to occur with a sense of wonder that captured the earliest Internet users.