Yahoo has officially announced that it is shutting down Yahoo Directory on December 31, 2014. However, if you have not been using Internet for a couple of decades you probably haven’t heard of the site.
Yahoo Directory is the product which led to Yahoo’s rise in the first place. Before Google, it was one of the most important search engines started in 1994 by David Filo and Jerry Yang. It was a human-edited directory of websites which were organized into various tiers.
Yahoo has launched the new version of its eCommerce platform, Yahoo Stores that will enable small business owners in having a PCI compliant site. The service will offer built-in SEO, responsive theme and the ability to manage it all with an iPhone.
The self proclaimed “Pandora for places” app that helps users in quickly finding a location is now a part of Yahoo Search team. The announcement was made by Zofari on its website.
Founded in 2012, Zofari is inspired by Pandora, the music streaming service and the movie streaming Netflix. It generates recommendations by taking out information from other services like Foursquare and partly by looking at the places you like.
Yahoo has partnered with Yelp, the on-line urban guide and business review site, to integrate the site's reviews in Yahoo search results. Whenever users look up for a local business on their smart phone, tablet or PC, Yahoo will now display the local content and listings from the review site.
Yahoo has changed its interface by adding local business information alongside search results, which make it look a lot like Google's local search results.
The information in the local business includes:
- Basic business information
- Hours of operation
- Data specific to business types. For example, restaurant links may show "Reservation" and "Menu" links.
The new logo of Yahoo is finally unveiled. Not entirely dissimilar to the previous Yahoo logos, this one has slimmer font & the much identifiable exclamation mark has been retained.
Yahoo has announced that it will be shutting down the AltaVista on July 8, 2013. AltaVista was launched in 1995 and it had a whopping 16 million documents, which made it the fastest search engine of the time capable of responding within a fraction of a second. It was founded by Louis Monier.
Yahoo has unveiled Localworks, a product that will help small businesses in recapturing sales they may be losing because of outdated or incorrect online listings.
Tom Byun, VP, Yahoo Small Business said, "Localworks is being launched in connection with Yext, a location software company. It will let companies easily update their online listings in more than 40 online platforms, which will reach 150 million local searchers".
Yahoo! has announced a brand new look for its search results. The new design has the navigation bar at the top just like Google and search results appearing higher on the page. The design is in sync with the new Yahoo! homepage.
Navigation bar at the top of the page helps users easily browse other Yahoo! sites. Yahoo! plans to introduce the navigation bar across more Yahoo! properties as well. The search results appear faster as well.
Although Yahoo and Microsoft have extended their revenue-per-search deal, but talks are around that Yahoo is trying every bit to escape from its 10-year search deal with Microsoft and join hands with Google.
Yahoo's Marissa Mayer has also been spotted talking about not-so-happy deal with Microsoft at the Goldman Sachs Technology and Internet Conference in February. Here's an extract from what she said,