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Yahoo

(World-Wide Web)
Yet Another Hierarchical Officious/Obstreperous/Odiferous/Organized Oracle.

(Or a member of a race of brutes in Swift's Gulliver's Travels who have the form and all the vices of man, or an uncouth or rowdy person).

Probably the biggest hierarchical index of the World-Wide Web. Originally at Stanford University, Yahoo moved to its own site in April 1995. It allows you to move up and down the heirarchy, to search it and to suggest additions. It also features "What's New", "What's Popular", "What's Cool" and a random link.

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Yahoo

(Yahoo, Sunnyvale, CA, www.yahoo.com) The most diversified information portal on the Web. Along with search, news, sports and weather, Yahoo offers e-mail, instant messaging, travel, auctions, classified ads, financial data, discussion groups, Web hosting and numerous other services.

It Began with Search
When it launched in 1995, Yahoo was the first Web search site to gain worldwide attention. It distinguished itself in the early days because it created its indexes manually. Instead of sending out automated spiders that roamed the Web and indexed everything in sight, indexing specialists decided what categories a Web page fit in. As a result, Yahoo called itself a "directory," rather than a search engine. As the Web grew exponentially, it became too large to index manually, and Yahoo employed automated methods.

A Student Hobby
In 1994, Stanford Ph.D candidates Jerry Yang and David Filo began indexing interesting websites as a hobby. "Jerry and David's Guide to the World Wide Web" turned into Yahoo, meaning "Yet Another Hierarchical Officious Oracle!" A very successful IPO followed in 1996, and within a few years, Yahoo became a major global brand worldwide.

A Tumultuous History
Valued at USD $67 billion prior to the dot-com bust, Yahoo began to slide ever since. Although Microsoft offered $44 billion to buy the company in 2008, the offer was refused. Eight years later in 2016, Verizon announced its acquisition of the company for $5 billion.
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