Why Yahoo, once the darling of the internet


It was 1994, the dawn of the World Wide Web — when people talked about surfing online with a browser called Netscape, and before sites like eBay, Hotmail or Craigslist even existed.

By one count, there were fewer than 3,000 websites around the world. Two engineering grad students at Stanford University in California, Jerry Yang and David Filo, decided to create a directory of their favourite ones.

Originally, it was called Jerry's Guide to the World Wide Web, and anyone who successfully applied to have their website added to the listings would get a personalized reply.