Way back in the early days of the Internet, directories were how everybody found interesting content
on the brand new World Wide Web. One of the first and most significant was
, a non-profit community project,
also known as the Open Directory Project. It was founded in 1998 as an alternative
to the Yahoo! Directory, which operated until 2014.
DMOZ quickly became the largest directory of the web,
organizing almost four million site listings in more than a million categories.
Through its history, DMOZ had contributions from more than 90,000 volunteer editors spanning 90 languages.
It was owned and supported by Netscape and AOL until March 2017,
when AOL decided it would no longer host the directory.