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Directories and their histories


creative craig

12:42 pm on Jun 18, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Can anyone point me to a resource online that gives the dates of when the big directories like Zeal, Joeant and Goguides went online, been looking around and cant seem to find anything, also if any history of the directories would be a great help :)



2:43 pm on Jun 18, 2003 (gmt 0)

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So I guess you know about GnuHoo/NewHoo/ODP which has just passed it's fifth birthday?

Zeal seems to date from about spring 2000. A trawl of Google groups indicates that originally editors could earn charitable donations by editing, sounds like a good dot.com plan! Taken over by Looksmart in 2001. GoGuides and JoeAnt are quite new too.

Google Groups is great for finding timelines like that. It'll allow you to find approximate launch dates and people involved.


4:23 pm on Jun 18, 2003 (gmt 0)

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I believe the launch for JA was May 2001 and the launch of GoGuides.Org was Feb 2001.

I don't know of a historical site that has all that info though.
Here is the history of some:

If you need the history of GG.Org let me know what you'd like and I can arrange that. ;-)


4:47 pm on Jun 18, 2003 (gmt 0)

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JoeAnt.com was opened for the public on May 24 2001. We had an Anniversary Contest last May to celebrate that ;-) Staff members started about a half year earlier (immediately after Disney closed Go.com) with setting up the directory tree. Also a few thousand of sites were added. See for more info www.seologic.com/search-engines/joeant-history.php.

creative craig

8:11 am on Jun 19, 2003 (gmt 0)

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I edit at the Goguides already tlpretender, I was looking for a site that had the history of all of them :)

But thanks though!



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