In a way it’s true that web pioneers like Tripod, AngelFire, and GeoCities (by Yahoo!) have become obsolete in the New Age Web. The age of static HTML sites with animated GIFs, blinking text and marquees that defined an era is gone for good. Still, it’s sad to see one of these fall prey to the times.
One group which will be affected quite badly would be the Indian quizzing community. I don’t know why, but a lot of long-time quizzers have been using Tripod to put up their questions. Probably just didn’t bother to shift, because at the time they started, Tripod was a very good option. Then when new media like blogs came out it would obviously have been a pain to manually post all that static HTML to blogs.
The situation is quite serious. The Karnataka Quiz Association, one of the oldest quizzing societies in the country, uses Tripod to host its official website. (Yes, kqaquizzes.org exists but it was more of an individual effort taken by one of its members; moreover it’s got much less info than the Tripod site.) KQA also uses Livejournal for its official community blog, but even Livejournal’s future existence is suspect at the moment.
Time to start taking backups, eh?