In the mid to late 90’s, if you managed to get your web site listed in the Yahoo! Directory, you were king; take one last good look at it before it’s gone forever.
Yahoo! started almost 20 years ago, by introducing the categorization of Internet destinations; the Yahoo! Directory was the very essence of Yahoo! Search.
Managed manually just like DMOZ, the Yahoo! Directory was the best resource, in an era that was marked by slow connection speeds, fewer graphics and no social media to bitch and whine daily on.
OK, so we had IRC and AOL chatrooms.
Jay Rossiter, senior vice president of the Cloud Platform Group at Yahoo!, announced the termination of the Yahoo! Directory, along with the end of the line for Yahoo Education and Qwiki, stating the following:
- Yahoo Education: As we take a close look at our offerings, we identify areas outside of our core experiences where users’ needs are already well served by alternative online resources. For this reason, on September 30, we will close Yahoo Education, a site designed to connect users with education providers and content.
- Qwiki: Many times, we find a technology can be best utilized through integration. On November 1, we will shut down the Qwiki app, which automatically created short movies based on events from a user’s camera roll. The Qwiki team will continue to innovate on new digital media experiences for Yahoo users. To download content you’ve created with Qwiki, visit http://www.qwiki.com/download_videos
- Directory: Yahoo was started nearly 20 years ago as a directory of websites that helped users explore the Internet. While we are still committed to connecting users with the information they’re passionate about, our business has evolved and at the end of 2014 (December 31), we will retire the Yahoo Directory. Advertisers will be upgraded to a new service; more details to be communicated directly.
Witnessing the end of an era is a bittersweet reminder of the ongoing change in life, not just the Internet.
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