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[edited by: brotherhood_of_LAN at 7:19 pm (utc) on Feb 1, 2014]
[edit reason] removed specific directory name [/edit]
To be honest I don't really see why any webmaster would give a followed link these days: Google's always telling us to build for people, not search engines. NoFollowed links work perfectly well for people, so why expose yourself to the risks* of giving a followed link?
those platforms are where surely most things are being shared / talked about.
who will pay to use them
I checked my stats closely for visitors this directory over the previous few years. Maybe there were one or two, but I believe there were none.
Fast forward a few years and Google decides the sites themselves should be promoted over those nicely curated directories
Or perhaps Google could resurrect their own directory.
start a high-profile "directory of directories" for people who are tired of spidered search.