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Google Sites for everyone: GeoCities 2.0?

After relaunching JotSpot as application for businesses and organizations with their own domains, Google says access to its Google Sites service is now open to the public.

Google announced on its official blog late Wednesday that Google Sites, its simplified Web site creation service, is now available to any registered Google user.

Previously, only businesses with Google Apps accounts and their own domains had had access to Google Sites.

Unlike the free Web site creation services of yesteryear (and by yesteryear, I mean 1998), Google Sites are collaborative, which engineering manager Andrew Zaeske said in the announcement makes them ideal for "team projects, company intranets, community groups, classrooms, clubs, family updates, you name it."

No HTML knowledge is required, and sites are hosted for free at Google domains like sites.google.com/organicwheatgrassmoothieclub.

Google Sites got its start when Google acquired wiki platform JotSpot in 2006.