Yahoo! Turns 25

Founded in January 1994, Yahoo! has been involved in many of the internet’s biggest changes and challenges over its existence. The Onion looks back at the biggest moments in the web service provider’s 25-year history.


1994:

Jerry Yang and David Filo decide to pursue their dream of creating a multipurpose web portal with easy-to-hack accounts.

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1999:

Company pulls off coup of the century by acquiring GeoCities for a paltry $4.6 billion.


2002:

April 9 sees Yahoo! set a new record by changing its business model 183 times in a single day.

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2004:

Formation of Yahoo Research Labs, the company research arm dedicated to developing such cutting-edge technology as a motorized car and the first human flight to Boston.

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2012:

Yahoo! Meme, the short-lived micro-blogging site, closes after failing to overtake Twitter or go noticed by anyone at all.

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2012:

Ex-Google exec Melissa Mayer takes over Yahoo!, continuing her sterling record of ensuring Google’s dominance.

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2013:

Tumblr acquired for $1.1 billion, showcasing Yahoo!’s dedication to hosting lecherous Sonic the Hedgehog fan art.

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2015:

Acquires water cooler.


2017:

Confirms a 2013 data breach had affected all 3 billion of its user accounts and all future user accounts.

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2019:

Yahoo! still exists.

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