Yahoo Directory, a historic site, is closing down. According to Yahoo, on December 31, 2014, they will be retiring the Yahoo Directory. Everybody knows that before Google, there was the Yahoo Directory and its hand-compiled list of websites, organized into topics. Yahoo started in 1994 via the directory where the most common way people found websites was to browse through its lists that were often organized into topics. It was founded by Jerry Yang and David Filo. When Yahoo started to get popular, the founders realized their own list needed a better name and thats where they settled on Yahoo! with the exclamation mark.
Yahoo then quickly became the most popular search engine on the web that publishers had real worries about getting included, a similar experience we all had with Google nowadays.
From Yahoo’s post:
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.