DMOZ-Open Directory Project Has Officially Closed After 19 Years Of Efforts To Organize The Web: Yes, it is true. The plans were being made from last month and they pressed the final shutdown button 3 days later that planned. DMOZ-Open Directory Project was the single biggest human effort to organize and catalog the entire internet. It sounds like the end of an era in itself.
The DMOZ’s closure marks the final end of a chapter of humans trying to organize the web
DMOZ-Open Directory Project Has Officially Closed After 19 Years Of Efforts To Organize The Web
DMOZ was started in 1998 as an effort to organize whole world wide web by utilizing volunteer editors and not using machines. During startup, it was projected as a challenger to Yahoo Directory as it was needed too much. But this machine powered search engines had left both directories to be an archaic only.
When Google came into existnce in 1998 the end of human-curation started. As Google brought two biggest features required by any internet user- relevant results and fetching results from all over the web. Finding relevant results for every query generated on the internet was the foundation stone of the human-powered directories. Now the machines started doing the better job.
Yahoo had shifted its concentration from directory to machine-generated results. Yahoo completely pulled the plug from its Yahoo Directory unit in December 2014. DMOZ continued to put efforts in the maintaining the directory. But most of the users and marketers has long forgotten this human-powered directory.
At the end, they have lost all hopes in keeping the DMOZ-Open Directory Project alive and decided to shut down the program. But DMOZ site will continue to live into your search results at least with its Home Page with a closed sign, whereas Yahoo Directory had ceased to exist completely. The announcement page also has the redirect link to its static tool page before its closure.
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