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 homepage. 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.
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