List of Yahoo!-owned sites and services

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This is a partial, alphabetized list of websites and services owned by Yahoo! Inc.


Non-Yahoo! branded is a social bookmarking website which allows users to store and share bookmarks online. Yahoo! bought it on 9 December 2005.
Flickr is a popular photo sharing service which Yahoo! purchased on 29 March 2005.
Fire Eagle is a location brokerage service created by Yahoo! Brickhouse and launched at ETech on 5 March 2008.
FoxyTunes is a browser extension which allows the user to control media players from the browser window.
Upcoming is a social event calendar which Yahoo! acquired on 5 October 2005 (formerly
Wretch is a Taiwanese Social Networking Service acquired by Yahoo.

Yahoo! branded

A combination of advertising services owned by Yahoo!.
Yahoo! Answers is a service that allows users to ask and answer questions other users post. It competes with Ask MetaFilter. Yahoo! Answers uses a points system whereby points are awarded for asking and answering questions, and deducted for deleting a question or answer, or getting reported.
  • Yahoo! Avatars
Yahoo! Avatars allows users to create personalized character images, also known as avatars, which are displayed on Yahoo! Messenger, Yahoo! Answers and the user's Yahoo! 360° profile.
Yahoo! Babel Fish is a translation service.
Yahoo! Bookmarks is a private bookmarking service. All Users from Yahoo MyWeb were transferred to this service.
Yahoo! Buzz is a community based publishing service much like that of Digg, where users can buzz about certain stories and allow them to be featured on the main page of the site.
Yahoo! Developer Network offers resources for software developers which use Yahoo! technologies and Web services.
Yahoo! was first formed as a web directory of web sites, organized into a hierarchy of categories and subcategories, which became the Yahoo! Directory. Once a human-compiled directory, Yahoo! Directory now offers two methods of inclusion: Standard, which is free and only available for non-commercial categories, and Express, which charges over US$300 for a quick inclusion in the directory.
Yahoo! Finance offers financial information, including stock quotes and stock exchange rates.
Yahoo! Games allows users to play games, such as chess, billiards, checkers and backgammon, against each other. Users can join one of various rooms and find players in these rooms to play with. Most of the games are Java applets, although some require the user to download the game, and some games are single-player. Yahoo! acquired a one person effort called in 1997, which became Yahoo! Games.[citation needed]
Yahoo! GeoCities is a web hosting service which offers 15 MB of web space. It was formed in late 1994 as Beverly Hills Internet and allowed users to select a "city" to place their site in, based on the site's content. It was purchased by Yahoo! in 1999. Yahoo! implemented changes, such as changing the Terms of Service, introducing advertisements on GeoCities pages and introducing a premium hosting service. Yahoo! GeoCities is being abandoned for a strictly premium hosting service with current Yahoo! Geocities pages becoming unavailable on October 26, 2009.
Yahoo! Groups is a free groups and mailing list service which competes with Google Groups. It was formed when Yahoo! acquired eGroups in August 2000. Groups are sorted in categories similar to the Yahoo! Directory. Yahoo! Groups also offers other features such as a photographic album, file storage and a calendar.
Yahoo! HotJobs provides tools and advice to job seekers.
Yahoo! Kids is a children's version of the Yahoo! portal. It also offers some online safety tips.
Find local businesses and services and view the results on a map. Refine and sort results by distance, topic, or other factors. Read ratings and reviews. Uses hCalendar and hCard microformats, so that event and contact details can be downloaded directly into calendar and address-book applications.
Allows users to broadcast videos in real time.
Yahoo! acquired Four11 on 8 October 1997, and its webmail service Rocketmail became Yahoo! Mail. Since Google released Gmail on 1 April 2004, Yahoo! Mail has made several improvements to keep ahead of the competition, which also includes MSN Hotmail and AOL Mail. Yahoo! Mail is the only web-based email service that offers unlimited storage for all users. On 9 July 2004, Yahoo! acquired an e-mail provider named Oddpost and used its technology to create Yahoo! Mail Beta, which uses Ajax to mimic the look and feel of an e-mail client. On 19 June 2008, Yahoo Mail introduced its 2 new email domains: and ("" and "" at[1]
Yahoo! Maps offers driving directions and traffic.
Yahoo! Messenger is an instant messaging service first released on 21 July 1999, which competes with AOL Instant Messenger, MSN Messenger, Google Talk, ICQ and QQ. It offers several unique features, such as IMvironments, custom status messages, and custom avatars. On 13 October 2005, Yahoo! announced that Yahoo! Messenger and MSN Messenger would become interoperable.
Yahoo! Mobile is a mobile website used predominantly in the UK. It offers mobile downloads such as ringtones.
Yahoo! Movies offers showtimes, movie trailers, movie information, gossip, and others.
Yahoo! Music offers music videos and internet radio (LAUNCHcast), a for-fee service known as Yahoo! Music Unlimited and the Yahoo! Music Engine- which has been sold to Rhapsody on Oct. 31st, 2008.
  • Yahoo! News news updates and top stories at Yahoo! News, including world, national, business, entertainment, sports, weather, technology, and weird news.
  • Yahoo! OMG
OMG is a Yahoo! Entertainment online tabloid with most content provided by Access Hollywood and X17.
Yahoo! Parental Controls are special controls given by parents for their children, closely associated with Yahoo! Kids.
Yahoo! Personals is an online dating service with both free and paid versions. However, the free service is limited, as only paying users can contact users they meet through Yahoo! Personals and exchange contact information.
Yahoo Pipes is a free RSS mashup visual editor and hosting service.
Yahoo! Publisher Network is an advertising program, which is currently in beta and only accepts US publishers.
Yahoo! Real Estate offers real estate-related information and allows users to find rentals, mew houses, real estate agents, mortgages and more.
Yahoo! Search is a search engine which competes with MSN Search and market leader Google. Yahoo! relied on Google results from 26 June 2000 to 18 February 2004, but returned to using its own technology after acquiring Inktomi and Overture (which owned AlltheWeb and AltaVista). Yahoo! Search uses a crawler named Yahoo! Slurp.
Yahoo! Search Marketing provides pay per click inclusion of links in search engine result lists, and also delivers targeted ads. The service was previously branded as Overture Services after Yahoo! acquired Overture in 2003.
Yahoo! Shopping is a price comparison service, that allows users to search for products and compare prices of various online stores.
Yahoo! Small Business offers web hosting, domain names and e-commerce services for small businesses.
Yahoo! Sports offers sports news, including scores, statistics, and fixtures. It includes a "fantasy team" game.
Yahoo! Tech offers reviews and advice for buying and using electronics.
Yahoo! Travel offers travel guides, booking and reservation services.
Yahoo! TV offers TV listings and scheduled recordings on Tivo box remotely.
Yahoo! Video is a video sharing site.
Yahoo! Voice was formerly known as Dialpad. It is a Voice over IP PC-PC, PC-Phone and Phone-to-PC service.
IndexTools was acquired by Yahoo! and re-branded as 'Yahoo! Web Analytics'.
Yahoo! Widgets is a cross-platform desktop widget runtime environment. The software was previously distributed as a commercial product called 'Konfabulator' for Mac OS X and Windows until it was acquired by Yahoo! and rebranded 'Yahoo! Widgets' and made available for free.

Closed/defunct services

Bix is a contest website acquired by Yahoo!. Site is not reachable.
  • – a directory of recently updated weblogs, is a directory of recently updated weblogs, purchased by Yahoo! in June 2005. On April 2009 the service has been transferred from Yahoo to Automattic, the business that runs WordPress and
Kelkoo is a shopping search engine which operates in 10 European countries. It was acquired by Yahoo! in 2004. It is no longer part of Yahoo! since 2008, but a partner.
Jumpcut is a service where the uploaded photos and videos can be edited online. Yahoo! has closed the service.
Yahoo! 360° was a social networking site and blog host. Since its launch on 29 March 2005, it has gained over 2 million members. It was invite-only until 24 June 2005, and is currently available only to users above 13. Yahoo! 360 was closed on July 13, 2009.
Yahoo! Auctions was an online auction site created to compete against auction sites such as eBay. Yahoo! Auctions never gained the popularity of market leader eBay in the U.S. and Canada; the main Yahoo! Auctions service shut down on June 16, 2007. Yahoo! Auctions still exist in Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore and Taiwan. In Japan, Yahoo! has a 33% stake in Yahoo! Japan and does not own the service outright.
Yahoo! Assistant is a browser helper object for Internet Explorer. It was developed by Beijing 3721 Technology and originally called 3721 Internet Assistant, but was renamed Yahoo! Assistant after Yahoo! acquired Beijing 3721 Technology. Yahoo! Assistant blocks pop-ups and removes Internet history information. However, it is regarded as spyware or malware by Microsoft AntiSpyware, Panda AntiVirus and similar security programs. The Application is no longer avaliable.
Yahoo! Gallery is a directory of applications built by third-party developers using Yahoo! technologies. It was shut down on July 14, 2009.
Yahoo! GeoCities is a web hosting service which offers 15 MB of web space. It was formed in late 1994 as Beverly Hills Internet and allowed users to select a "city" to place their site in, based on the site's content. It was purchased by Yahoo! in 1999. Yahoo! implemented changes, such as changing the Terms of Service, introducing advertisements on GeoCities pages and introducing a premium hosting service. Yahoo! GeoCities is being abandoned for a strictly premium hosting service with current Yahoo! Geocities pages becoming unavailable on October 26, 2009.
  • Yahoo! Greetings
Yahoo! Greetings was an e-card service. One of the features was that you could upload your own photo to use as the card image. Now, on the U.S. and Canadian Yahoos, the Greetings link simply redirects to American Greetings.
Yahoo! Kickstart was a new professional network with a distinct purpose: To build a community of college students, recent grads, employers, professionals, and alumni, where people can connect and discover internships or jobs, or solicit career development advice and mentorship.
Yahoo! Mash was a social network that allowed other users to edit any page.
Yahoo! Photos was a photo sharing service similar to Flickr, which Yahoo! acquired. Users had unlimited storage, but only JPG photographs were allowed. Users can categorize and upload their photographs to albums they have created. Users can set various access levels for albums, ranging from public to private. Yahoo! Photos closed in 2007. Photos can be moved with other photo hosts, including Flickr.
  • Yahoo! Music Unlimited and Yahoo! Music Jukebox
Premium services offered by Yahoo!. Yahoo! Music Jukebox was the final product of Yahoo! Music Engine which was offered to users with embedded support of Yahoo! Music Unlimited, which Yahoo! acquired from MusicMatch. It was later sold to Rhapsody on 31, Oct. 2008, a leading company owned by Real Networks providing fee based music subscription service.
Yahoo! Briefcase was a free file hosting service. It closed on March 30, 2009. Premium users have been fully refunded.
  • Yahoo! Player
Yahoo! Player is a discontinued computer based media player that was designed by Yahoo. The underlying technology was based on Microsoft's Windows Media Player and was similar to other competing media players such as MusicMatch or WinAmp.[2], [3]
Yahoo! Podcasts was a beta service that allows users to search for and view podcasts. The podcast service was discontinued in November 2007 due to declining popularity and implemented into the Yahoo audio search.
Rocketmail was a service that competed with Yahoo's own Yahoo! Mail product in the 1990s. Yahoo acquired the service and later closed it.

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