On June 16, 2017, parts of the original Yahoo Inc, which were not purchased by Verizon Communications, were renamed Altaba Inc.
Yahoo provided social networking services and user-generated content, including products such as My Web, Yahoo Personals, Yahoo 360°, Delicious, Flickr, and Yahoo Buzz.
Yahoo closed Yahoo Buzz, My Blog Log, and numerous other products on April 21, 2011.
It was globally known for its Web portal, search engine Yahoo! The term "oracle" was intended to mean "source of truth and wisdom", and the term "officious", rather than being related to the word's normal meaning, described the many office workers who would use the Yahoo database while surfing from work.
The term "hierarchical" described how the Yahoo database was arranged in layers of subcategories.
was the most widely read news and media website – with over 7 billion views per month – ranking as the sixth-most-visited website globally in 2016.
According to third-party web analytics providers Alexa and Similar Web, Yahoo!
However, Filo and Yang insist they mainly selected the name because they liked the slang definition of a "yahoo" (used by college students in David Filo's native Louisiana in the late 1980s and early 1990s to refer to an unsophisticated, rural Southerner): "rude, unsophisticated, uncouth." This meaning derives from the Yahoo race of fictional beings from Gulliver's Travels. Like many search engines and web directories, Yahoo added a web portal.
By 1998, Yahoo was the most popular starting point for web users, It also made many high-profile acquisitions.
and British Telecom, offering a range of free and premium Yahoo content and services to subscribers.
Yahoo Mobile offers services for email, instant messaging, and mobile blogging, as well as information services, searches and alerts.
Yahoo Photos was closed on September 20, 2007, in favor of Flickr.