What was at one time the premiere way to find things on the Internet has completely gone away.
Yahoo announced in September of last year that it was shutting down Yahoo Directory (among other products). In late December, it was killed and began redirecting to Yahoo Small Business.
But now even Yahoo Small Business is gone.
Yahoo announced over the summer that Yahoo Small Business was being rebranded as Luminate, which would belong to a new company called Aabaco Small Business, LC, which was at the time owned by Yahoo, but would become owned by Aabaco Holdings, inc. as Aabaco was spun off from Yahoo to shareholders. The spinoff was announced in an SEC filing for Yahoo’s spinoff of its stake in Alibaba Group. Yahoo, by the way, is now facing pressure to not spin that off.
As Barry Scwhartz points out today, dir.yahoo.com, which had been redirecting to Yahoo Small Business is now redirecting to aabacossmallbusiness.com, which looks like this:
Yep, this is what once was the main way many people navigated the web has become.
Images via Wikimedia Commons, Aabaco Small Business