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The Yahoo! logo (1995-2013/present (Asia)) (purple variant (March-August 1995 and 2009-2013/present (China/Korea)))
1995-2013/present (Asia) favicon logo on the purple circle (2009-2013/present (China/Korea)).
The Yahoo! logo (2019-present).

Yahoo! is a web portal and a provider of internet content and services. It offers many products and services, such as a search engine, e-mail, instant messaging, video, news, weather forecasting, money and other information. Yahoo! makes money from advertisements in their services. Yahoo started on October 8, 1997.

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 backronym is "Yet Another Hierarchical Officious Oracle".[1][2] Filo and Yang said they chose 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. Yang says of their selection of the name, "We thought it fit well with what we were doing. It was irreverent. It was reflective of the Wild West nature of the Internet. A lot of people found it easy to remember, and besides, it's exactly what me and Jerry are. A couple of yahoos."[4]

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References[change | change source]

  1. David G. Thomson (2006). Blueprint to a Billion. Wiley-Interscience. pp. 155. ISBN 9780471779186.
  2. "Jerry and David's Guide to the World Wide Web becomes "Yahoo!"". Archived from the original on 2010-03-16. Retrieved 2010-02-05.
  3. "Definition of "Yahoo!"". Archived from the original on 2010-03-16. Retrieved 2010-02-05.
  4. "David Filo & Jerry Yang".

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