Yahoo!

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The Yahoo! logo (2013-present).

Yahoo! is a web portal and an internet content and service provider. It is known for its many products and services, such as their search engine, e-mail, instant messaging, and video, but also contents their products in news, weather forecasting, money and other information. Yahoo! makes money from advertisements in their services.

History and growth[change | change source]

Early history (1994–1999)[change | change source]

In January 1994, Jerry Yang and David Filo were Electrical Engineering graduate students at Stanford University. In April 1994, "Jerry and David's Guide to the World Wide Web" was renamed "Yahoo!", for which the official backronym is "Yet Another Hierarchical Officious Oracle".[1][2] Filo and Yang said they selected the name because they liked the word's general meaning, which comes from Gulliver's Travels by Jonathan Swift: "rude, unsophisticated and uncouth".[3] Its URL was akebono.stanford.edu/yahoo.


References[change | change source]

  1. ^ David G. Thomson (2006). Blueprint to a Billion. Wiley-Interscience. pp. 155. ISBN 978-0-471-77918-6.
  2. ^ Jerry and David's Guide to the World Wide Web becomes "Yahoo!"
  3. ^ Definition of "Yahoo!"


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