Yahoo's old web directory still exists, but not for long

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Mariella Moon
September 27th, 2014
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Yahoo's old web directory still exists, but not for long

Way before Yahoo launched Search, it offered people from a different era a more primitive way to find websites: a web directory. While the advent of sophisticated search engines likely means you haven't seen that directory in a decade or so (confession: we didn't even realize it was still around), it apparently still exists... though not for long. Yahoo has just announced that it's finally shutting down the service on December 31st, 2014, 20 years after company founders Jerry Yang and David Filo first put it together. For the young 'uns who've never had to use it, the Yahoo Directory is exactly what it sounds like: a directory of websites you can browse to find the info you're looking for, something we clearly don't need anymore. Let us have a moment of silence as this relic of the early internet bids farewell and (along with Yahoo Education and short movie creation service Qwiki) joins the 60 other services Yahoo has recently killed in an effort to find its focus.

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