Menu
Yahoo will ring in the new year by killing its website directory

Yahoo will ring in the new year by killing its website directory

Other services like Yahoo Education and Qwiki will also close

Yahoo's soon-to-die website Directory, pictured Sept. 26, 2014.

Yahoo's soon-to-die website Directory, pictured Sept. 26, 2014.

Yahoo, which got its start as a digital phone book of websites, is closing that book.

Yahoo will shut down its Directory service on Dec. 31, the company said Friday in a blog post. As for why, the firm did not say much beyond this: "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, we will retire the Yahoo Directory."

Yahoo's directory had organized the Internet's websites by topic and location that could be explored by subject area, a different approach from searching the Web via queries done in Google, Bing or Yahoo's main search bar on its home page. As it stands now Directory sites are organized by topics like health, sports and entertainment, though a search bar has been incorporated into the page.

Directory advertisers will be upgraded to a new service, Yahoo said, the details of which will come later.

Shutting down the service is more of a symbolic move, given the wide number of other search sites that have come along and eclipsed it over the years. And Yahoo's own home page is now a major portal into a number of other Yahoo sites and services.

Yahoo is also not the company it used to be. Since Marissa Mayer took over as CEO in 2012, she's engineered a number of acquisitions and launched new products and apps, like digital video and online magazines, aimed at making Yahoo more relevant.

But still, some things must go. Yahoo also said Friday that it would be closing Yahoo Education, a site for connecting people with schools and degree programs, effective next Tuesday.

And Qwiki, a movie-making app that Yahoo acquired last year, will be shuttered Nov. 1, Yahoo said. The Qwiki team will continue to work on new digital media experiences at Yahoo, the firm said.

Yahoo, in an effort to streamline, has shut down more than 60 products and services over the past two years.

Zach Miners covers social networking, search and general technology news for IDG News Service. Follow Zach on Twitter at @zachminers. Zach's e-mail address is zach_miners@idg.com

Subscribe here for up-to-date channel news

Follow Us

Join the New Zealand Reseller News newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.

Tags Internet-based applications and servicesYahoocloud computinginternetsearch enginesInternet service providers

Featured

Slideshows

StorageCraft celebrates high achievers at its inaugural A/NZ Partner Awards

StorageCraft celebrates high achievers at its inaugural A/NZ Partner Awards

Revealed at a glitzy bash in Sydney at the Ivy Penthouse, the first StorageCraft Partner Awards locally saw the vendor honour its top-performing partners with ASI Solutions, SMBiT Pro, Webroot, ACA Pacific and Soft Solutions New Zealand taking home the top awards. Photos by Maria Stefina.

StorageCraft celebrates high achievers at its inaugural A/NZ Partner Awards
Kiwi resellers make a splash on Synnex and Lenovo RotoVegas road trip

Kiwi resellers make a splash on Synnex and Lenovo RotoVegas road trip

​Synnex and Lenovo hosted 18 resellers for an action-packed weekend adventure in RotoVegas, taking in white water rafting on the Kaituna River, as well as quad biking and dinner at Stratosfare​, overlooking Lake Rotorua at the top of Mount Ngongotaha​. Photos by Synnex.

Kiwi resellers make a splash on Synnex and Lenovo RotoVegas road trip
Show Comments