Monday July 18, 2016

When Yahoo Ruled The Valley: Stories Of The Original "Surfers"

Before Google, websites were carefully scrutinized and then categorized by hand. This article takes a look at what some of these "surfers" are up to now, most of whom, like the directory, are no longer with Yahoo.

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Back in 1994, when the directory was born, search engines were rudimentary and ineffectual. Newbies were just learning how to navigate the World Wide Web. The very idea of a website was novel. Two Stanford graduate students, Jerry Yang and David Filo, saw opportunity. Working from a trailer on campus, they began compiling websites into a list, organized by topic. They eventually named it Yahoo, an acronym for Yet Another Hierarchical Officious Oracle.