The *NEW* Yahoo! (1)

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Michael Sooter

Aug 13, 1995, 3:00:00 AM8/13/95
*Crossposted from COLOSSUS.NET*

From: Patrick Douglas Crispen <PCRI...@UA1VM.UA.EDU>

AUGUST 3, 1995

"Roll Tide" -- me

In the midst of a sea of despair and sadness (and NCAA sanctions)
there remains one last shining ray of good news: today's TOURBUS
is here! (YIPPEE!) :)

Spend *any* amount of time talking to an Internet guru about
the World Wide Web and you are guaranteed to hear about "Yahoo!"
Yahoo! is the brain-child of two electrical engineering graduate
students at Stanford. 15 months ago, these two students created
a Web tool called Yahoo! so they could easily find their way back
to some of their favorite Web pages.

15 months later, these students' little project has turned into
one of the best Web resources in the world. Yahoo! has links
to well over 40,000 different web pages, and over 300,000
people use Yahoo! every day. Yahoo! is so big, as a matter
of fact, that these two students have just created their own company
(with the help of the nice guys at Netscape) to ensure that Yahoo!
will continue to grow well into the future.

Why is Yahoo! so "tres cool" ("tres cool" is French for "cool times 3")?
Well, Yahoo! isn't just a list of 40,000+ Web pages -- it is a *SUBJECT
ORIENTED* guide to all of these Web pages.

What does *THAT* mean? Simply put, that means that the nice folks at
Yahoo! have sorted through all 40,000+ of these Web pages and have
created links to these Web pages based on the subjects that these
pages address (for example, all Web pages devoted to Acoustics are
grouped together). Thanks to an ingenious system of directories
and subdirectories, finding Web pages on Yahoo! that address a certain
topic that interests you is a snap!

The best way to learn about Yahoo! is to just try it. The Yahoo!
address is

Remember, these are World Wide Web addresses. You can access
these addresses using any Web browser, or using e-mail (as explained
in Bob's "Accessing the Internet by E-mail").

For those of you who have used Yahoo! before, take another look at
it now ... it is TOTALLY different :)

Besides adding some nifty graphics to the Yahoo! homepage, the folks
at Yahoo! have also made some other major changes (and, to all
English teachers out there, I am indeed aware that the following
is not parallel):

1. They decreased the number of top-level categories listed
on the main Yahoo! page from 19 to 14,

2. They added a link to the Reuters news wire on the main
Yahoo! page,

3. Each of the top-level categories now has hypertext links
on the main Yahoo! page to at least three of that category's
most popular sub-categories (so you can jump STRAIGHT
into that sub-category), and

4. Yahoo! ditched its separate "Search" page and put a
search form smack dab in the middle of the Yahoo!
homepage :)

As I said earlier, finding Web pages devoted to a certain topic
is a snap. If you have a forms-capable World Wide Web browser
(like Netscape), you can enter a keyword or group of keywords
in the "search" box at the top of the Yahoo! homepage. Yahoo!
will search through its database and will display any Web page
links that have your keyword(s) in its title or description.

If you do not have a forms-capable browser, or if you are like
me and enjoy exploring, you can hunt for interesting Web pages
by bouncing through Yahoo's many categories and sub-categories.

For example, let's see if there are any Web pages out there
devoted to Fox's television show "Party of Five." On the main
Yahoo! page, we get to choose from 14 different categories
ranging from "Art" to "Society and Culture." Since Party of Five
is a TV show, and since TV falls under the "Entertainment"
category, we need to click on the "Entertainment" hyperlink.
(By the way, with the new Yahoo! we can jump straight to the
TV subcategory by clicking on the word "TV" under the
Entertainment hyperlink ... but where's the fun in that?)

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