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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 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. A Yahoo account can also be created by a Google account. Yahoo is launched 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 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 Yang describes their selection of the name as "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]

Related pages[change | change source]

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.

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