When you go on to Yahoo, you’ll notice the same things you’ve noticed for the past 20 years: Search bar and the directory. This past Friday, Yahoo announced on Tumblr that one of these things will go. Can you guess which?
“Yahoo was started nearly 20 years ago as a directory of websites that helped users explore the Internet,” Yahoo wrote in its post on Tumblr. “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 (December 31), we will retire the Yahoo Directory.”
Yahoo has shut down many of its older services like “Astrid” and “Yahoo Babel Fish” in the past couple years. While users will miss the directory, it’s not completely out of the realm of logical thinking. Heck, when you take a look at Google’s main page, you’ll notice that it’s basically just a search bar with a few items at the top.
The days for having massive lists on a front page are over. Everything you want to know about is searchable and Yahoo know it.