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That was once sacrilege to ask, but it is pretty clear that the directory model is a relic of history.
Ok, it's pretty clear that it's not the golden goose. You won't get rich with it. I just can't believe it's not profitable (meaning that earnings are higher than costs).
Even if they just break even with it, what is Yahoo without a directory? And I don't mean financially.
Yes, but I bet they still sell hardware. It's International Business Machines, not Services :)
... checking to see whether IBS can be service marked :)
I think the answer for you Brett depends on this: Does the Yahoo! directory bring in more revenues than it costs to run?
Or if they have "a plan" that could make it bring in more revenues than costs
my question is if yahoo is going to throw it out
why wouldn't google buy it ... by their search results they view it as the most relevent site on the internet
Obviously, that is a simplification because there is more overhead in running a directory than just that. But the economics seem sound to me.
This is great news for those of us who love the Open Directory. It means DMOZ will be more important than ever!
Please oh please don't say this. Yahoo directory is many more times better maintained then Dmoz IMHO.
I would rather PAY for dmoz insertion if it meant active editors! (and decent servers)