In 2017, DMOZ – The Open Directory Project that used human editors to organize websites — announced it was closing as of March 14.
By this time, DMOZ had been mostly forgotten as a resource. Perhaps the biggest surprise was that it took so long.
DMOZ was born in June 1998 as “GnuHoo,” then quickly changed to “NewHoo,” a rival to the Yahoo Directory at the time. It was acquired by Netscape in November 1998 and renamed the Netscape Open Directory. Later that month, AOL acquired Netscape, giving AOL control of The Open Directory.
Read all about it in RIP DMOZ: The Open Directory Project is closing.
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