Monday, April 5, 2021

Yahoo Answers Shutting Down

Nick Statt:

Yahoo Answers, one of the longest-running and most storied web Q&A platforms in the history of the internet, is shutting down on May 4th. That’s the day the Yahoo Answers website will start redirecting to the Yahoo homepage, and all of the platform’s archives will apparently cease to exist. The platform has been operating since 2005.

Yahoo, which is now part of Verizon Media Group following the company’s sale to the telecom for nearly $5 billion in 2017, announced the change at the top of the Yahoo Answers homepage. The message links to an FAQ, which details the timeline of the shutdown.


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Ah, yes, I vaguely remember Yahoo.

While I applauded Jerry Yang at the time for not selling out to Microsoft and attempting to keep Yahoo as a premiere Internet brand, the shocking mismanagement of the company since that time squandered any potential to revitalize Yahoo. Even after Verizon stupidly bought the carcass of a once great company, for nearly $5 billion(!!!!), Verizon has closed or spun off most of the the Yahoo services anyway, yes?

I don't get it. Might as well have sold itself to Microsoft for more money. Better return for the share holders at least. I do not, I repeat, do not, think the fate of Yahoo would have been much different with Microsoft shepherding the various services, but you never know. Minecraft and Bungie were excellent purchases at the very least even if Nokia and Rare were not. Not sure about Skype, but Verizon has essentially shuttered or jettisoned most of the components of not only Yahoo, but AOL as well. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

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