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Google Directory Gone



5:42 am on Jul 20, 2011 (gmt 0)

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The Google Directory powered by DMOZ is gone.

See [google.com.au ]

Long overdue in my mind.


4:28 am on Jul 27, 2011 (gmt 0)

Around the beginning of Panda, I noticed my site with several local listing and directories back links was beaten by a new site with virtually no back links but with the exact keyword domain. That makes me think that local listing and directories no longer carry even a slightest amount of weight in SERP. DMOZ should be no exception.


4:48 am on Jul 27, 2011 (gmt 0)

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Google says dmoz is not useful, so why would a listing there carry weight?


6:58 am on Jul 27, 2011 (gmt 0)

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Google is becoming a de facto directory anyway, especially as regards local searches.


9:49 pm on Jul 27, 2011 (gmt 0)

Google says dmoz is not useful, so why would a listing there carry weight?

I've never heard of that before.


8:46 pm on Jul 28, 2011 (gmt 0)

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I've never heard of that before.

Google is saying it by not using it anymore. I think the only reason they kept it for so long is because of the use they got out of it in the beginning.


10:45 pm on Jul 28, 2011 (gmt 0)

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Larry has cancelled Google Labs and I guess a whole load of other niche products. This is likely just another casualty of that new policy.


6:27 pm on Aug 13, 2011 (gmt 0)

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Hello, I am a writing teacher who teaches students how to do research and research papers. One of my favorite tools has been Google Directory which provides subject access to at least part of the Web. Today, when trying to access it I got a message that it was no longer available. I ask, Why?

Among the search directories it was one of the best. Though perhaps underutilized, it was one of the best tools for getting past the rampant commercialization of the Web for focused searching. When one of my students was doing a paper on French Horn playing, etc., a regular search done in all ways came up with nothing but commercials for horns for sale or lessons given. Google Directory was a way to get around this. When a colleague of mine asked for a way to get serious and responsible sites about Afghanistan, then again, Google Directory was the way to go.

I knew that something was in the wind when they got rid of subject-tree access, but it was still an effective tool. I hoped that with the general trend toward dumbing down, they would stop there. I assume, however, that they decided they could not make it support itself financially and decided to get rid of it completely. I hope that Google will reconsider this. I looked for ways to contact Google directly, but as you know this is next to impossible if your statement or question does not fit into their pre-configured electronic forms. I am really angry over this. Sorry to rant in my first and perhaps last post, but it seems everything just goes down hill and now Google joins the pack in its general decline.

[edited by: tedster at 9:54 pm (utc) on Aug 13, 2011]


9:59 pm on Aug 13, 2011 (gmt 0)

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Hello Phranquee, and welcome to the forums.

Are you aware that the Google Directory is (or rather was) a re-published version of the Open Directory Project? That original directory is still online for your use and your students at dmoz.org [dmoz.org]

I tend to agree with you in many ways. There is a tendency when anything goes "mass" for the mass of users to prefer dumbed down rather than aspiring to something more than the current status of things. In many ways (but not all ways) Google does reflect that dumbing down and commercialization that the great numbers seem to prefer.


12:37 am on Aug 14, 2011 (gmt 0)

Thank you Tedster for your welcome and reply. Yes, I know about dmoz and I know that they were linked (an empowerment ;- ) relationship) somehow, but the results I got from doing the same searches in each were quite different. The original Open Source, dmoz, seemed moribund, while entries to Google Directory continued to grow and shift. Yes, as someone noted, Google Directory used to be linked more closely with the Google homepage. I guess I will have to resort to dmoz and other directories to teach my students the differences between subject searching and other form of searching. Maybe they are a dying breed. The original Librarians' Index to the Internet out of Berkeley is gone now, too, or rather merged, but it is the same thing.

Thanks everyone for your replies and interest.
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