Yahoo is an internet portal that includes a search engine and a directory of websites that is arranged in a hierarchy of topic categories. Yahoo! was one of the pioneers of the internet in the 1990s. At the height of its services it was one of the most popular and the most read sites in America, while Yahoo! News was the most widely read news, with more than seven billion views every month. In 2016, it was the sixth most visited site worldwide. However, it slowly declined from prominence, being taken over by other websites, but in October 2019, it was ranked as the tenth in the world. 

The directory provides old and new internet users with a structured view of hundreds of thousands of websites and millions of web pages. It makes it easier for browsers to search the internet for any given topic. 

Yahoo! search is a search engine that is allied with the most popular web search sites. If Yahoo cannot process a topic page, it still extracts results from around seven popular search engines that it is linked to.

Yahoo! Mail, the free email service of Yahoo! was launched in 1997 through the American parent company. It provides four different email plans: one for businesses and Basic, Plus, and Ad Free for personal use. By December 2011, Yahoo! Mail was the third largest web-based email service in the world, with 281 million users. 

Other services include a web portal and associated services such as Yahoo Groups (start a forum-like group), Yahoo News (for American and international news), and Yahoo Finance (for finance news, stock market information, quotes, etc.). Yahoo Answers gives visitors an opportunity to ask any question and get answers. My Yahoo that gives visitors an opportunity to create a personalised start page. There are more services such as online mapping, Yahoo Fantasy Sports (for sports news, scores, rumors and games), video sharing, Yahoo Shopping, Yahoo Weather and a social media website.

Yahoo! has a multi-lingual interface and can be accessed in more than 20 languages. 

Who started

Yahoo was started by two graduate students at Stanford University, Jerry Yang and David Filo. The students created bookmarks, combined the lists, organized them by categories and put them on a college site. The list began to grow into an internet marvel. It was the first ever internet directory and it became very popular with both students and non-students. The pioneering students, who had postponed their graduate studies, got involved in a public offering for a multi-million-dollar corporation and Yahoo! was born. The company was incorporated in March 1995. By October 2005, it was processing about 3.4 billion website page views all over the world. In 2017, Yahoo’s internet business was bought by Verizon Communications for US$4.48 billion but the sale excluded shareholding in the Alibaba Group and Yahoo! Japan.

According to Yahoo’s frequently asked questions, the word Yahoo is the abbreviation of “Yet Another Hierarchical Officious Oracle.”

Where is Yahoo!’s head office?

The headquarters of Yahoo! is in Sunnyvale in California in the USA. 

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