Yahoo! Once The Most Important Search Engine Closing
Was really quite surprised to see Yahoo! is closing the Yahoo! Directory,
especially since Yahoo! began with the Yahoo! Directory
and it was once considered the most important search engine of it's time. That was till Google came along, but even then & up until not long ago, being in the Yahoo! Directory was still a coveted place to be for SEO.
To me it represents an important end to an era of manually sorted information, not unlike what we're seeing with Google's Knowledge Graph being overtaken by the algorithmically sorted Knowledge Vault.The Yahoo Directory — Once The Internet’s Most Important Search Engine — Is To Close
by Danny Sullivan Once the Google of its time, the Yahoo Directory is finally coming to the end of its slow death.For some, it may seem like there has always been Google, and it’s always been the main way people have found things on the web. But before Google, there was the Yahoo Directory and its hand-compiled list of websites, organized into topics. Now, the venerable Yahoo Directory is closing. goo.gl/ccaa6BYahoo shared the news today, a short paragraph that’s part of announcing two other closures, under a headline of “Progress Report: Continued Product Focus.” That sure fails to give the Yahoo Directory its proper due. 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."
Yahoo! Directory obituary goo.gl/ywGzgu
The following image I have taken from the Yahoo! Directory's popular format, as seen in 1999. #SEO #YahooDirectory #TechNews