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How the search engine killed the web directory

In order to understand why links are so important, it may help to understand the problem that search engines use links to solve. It's hard now for many of us to imagine the world without a World Wide Web, but by the end of 1993 there were only around 600 websites and most of those 600 sites were pretty thin; a handful of pages each. In August of that year, when there were just a couple of hundred websites, a well-known computer book publisher O'Reilly and Associates launched what was probably the first commercial directory of the Internet, GNN, the Global Network Navigator.

Much of the directory was based on the whole Internet catalog. In effect, it was like a paper directory of websites posted on the web. In September, another directory appeared on the scene, W3 Catalog. And in January of 1994, when there were around 600 websites, David and Jerry's Guide to the World Wide Web launched. You'll know that directory better by its later name Yahoo! Yahoo! eventual...

How the search engine killed the web directory
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