Yahoo features & History of Yahoo Inc.

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Yahoo is a web portal which was started at Stanford University. It was founded in January, 1994 by Mr. David Filo & Jerry Yang. They were Electrical Engineering Graduate students when they created the website name “Jerry & David’s Guide to the World Wide Web (WWW)”. The domain was created on the 18 January 1995


          In January 1994, Filo & Yang were electrical graduate engineering student at when they created the website “Jerry & David’s” Guide to the WWW (World Wide Web). The site was a directory of the other websites, which organized in a hierarchy, as opposed to a searchable index of pages. In start of March 1994, “Jerry & David’s” Guide to the WWW was named as Yahoo (a search engine).

The human-edited Yahoo Directory provided for users to surf through the Internet, became their first product & the original purpose of company. The “” domain was created on mid of January 1995.

The word “yahoo” is the backronym for “Yet Another” Hierarchically Organized Oracle” or “Yet Another Hierarchical Officious Oracle”. The term “hierarchical” described that how the Yahoo database was arranged in layers of subcategories. The term “oracle” was intended to the mean “source of truth & wisdom”, & the term “officious”, rather than being related to the word’s normal meaning, described the many office workers who would use the Yahoo database while surfing from the work. However, Filo & Yang insist they mainly selected the name because they liked the slang definition of a “yahoo” (used by the college students in David Filo’s native Louisiana in the late 1980s & early 1990s to refer to an unsophisticated, rural Southerner): “rude, unsophisticated, uncouth.” This meaning derives from the Yahoo race of fictional beings from Travels of Gulliver. 


Yahoo provided the Internet communication services such as Yahoo Messenger & Yahoo Mail.  As of May 2007, its e-mail service would offer the unlimited storage.

Yahoo provided social networking services & user-generated content, including products such as Yahoo Personals, My Web, Yahoo 360°, Flicker, Delicious & Yahoo Buzz. Yahoo closed Yahoo Buzz, My Blog Log, & numerous other products on April 21, 2011.

Yahoo Photos was closed on mid of September, 2007, in favor of Flickr. On October 16, 2007, Yahoo announced that it would discontinue the Yahoo 360°, including bug repairs; the company explained that in 2008 it would instead establish a “universal profile” similar to the Yahoo Mash experimental system.

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