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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 company went public in August 1998, listing on the NASDAQ exchange with the code GCTY.The IPO price was , rising rapidly after launch to a peak of over 0. switched from neighborhoods and street address URLs for homesteaders to "vanity" URLs through members' sign-up names to Yahoo! This service was previously offered only as a premium.
It was ordered that Geo Cities would not make any misrepresentation, in any manner about its collection or use of personal identifying information, including what information will be disclosed to third parties.
The neighborhoods included "Colosseum," "Hollywood," "Rodeo Drive," "Sunset Strip," "Wall Street," and "West Hollywood".
In mid-1995, the company decided to offer users (thereafter known as "Homesteaders") the ability to develop free home pages within those neighborhoods.
Chat, bulletin boards, and other elements of "community" were added soon after, helping foster rapid growth.
On July 5, 1995 Geo Cities added additional cities, including "Capitol Hill," "Paris," "Silicon Valley," and "Tokyo." By December 1995, the company, which now had a total of 14 neighborhoods, was signing up thousands of Homesteaders a day and getting over six million monthly page views.