I first got to play with NCSA Mosaic on a Series 700 workstation running hp-ux back in 1993. A couple of years later, we were using mostly Netscape on Windows 95 , on a Pentium based HP Vectra PC.
And it was on these machines that I first got to go gaga over what Yahoo offered – an easier way to get to content I had previously used text-based usenet readers or a compuserve dial-up to access. Yahoo back then was an online directory that revealed wonders, a guide to what was new and cool on the web….. more than just a yellow pages for the internet.
Over the years, yahoo would swallow up a huge number of web properties, acquire lots of services, get deep into advertising, fail to buy Google, resist a buyout by Microsoft, and now end up in the sorry state of having most of it’s value to investors being in it’s stake in Alibaba.