Yahoo! offers a behemoth of services such as search engines, news, weather, sports, web-based email, stock quotes, online auctions, online gaming, entertainment information (e.g. music and movies) and free web space from their Yahoo! Geocities just to name a few.
Their content ranges from popular, which is evident on their Yahoo! Music site, to serious like the news section. It is all well written and has no spelling errors. The page is maintained 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and the content is always current and new. They have been credited for providing breaking news as it happens. It is easily noticeable that the page is maintained all the time because if you were to reload it, the content will change to show the latest updates.
The content of Yahoo! is very credible. Many computer magazines recommend it because of its ease of use and user-friendly interface. The URL is ".com" indicating it is a commercial site. For the most part, Yahoo! is free, giving you access to hundreds of pages. There is so much content, that it is impossible to see it all in a day.
To evaluate a web site and to identify the author, publisher, edition, etc you have to look thoroughly. If it is a corporate site, such as Yahoo!, there is usually a section with information about the company. This will usually indicate the web site creator (author and/or publisher). Other info such as the edition can be found on the main page or can be determined by date of modification or creation.
The criteria I use to evaluate a web site is as follows:
Yahoo! is a very current site, being updated hourly. Since it has been up for 3-4 years now, it is a reliable source of information. Yahoo! promises that it will be mainly a free site. It is in no danger of going out of business, so there will be no need to switch to a pay service. Also there is intense competition between Yahoo! and other corporate sites such as Excite, Hotbot, AltaVista and MSN. All of these sites provide the same information, so if one were to switch to a pay service, you just go to another one.
Yahoo! has many options for internet censorship. Due to the fact that they are mainly a search engine, anyone can access inappropriate material even if they are a minor. Yahoo! has a division called Yahooligans!, a kid friendly version of their site. All of the content on this page is suited for children and is censored so that they cannot access inappropriate material.
Yahoo! is designed so that most of its pages can be viewed by almost any browser, any place in the world. It is necessary that a worldwide site such as Yahoo! is easy to use and can be viewed properly because internet users do not use the same browser or the same computer. I found that to take full advantage of Yahoo! and its network of sites, Internet Explorer 5.0 or Netscape Communicator 4.7 are best. These are the most current versions available and allow you to view all that Yahoo! has to offer properly.
Yahoo! uses mostly news reported by other sources (like CNN, BBC, etc) and compiles them on one page. The information is in its full format. Yahoo! publishes a magazine called Yahoo! Internet Life which gives you information about computers, latest internet trends, cool web sites, etc.
Yahoo! has an internet version of the Yellow Pages. By organizing the information using categories, you can quickly find anything from free internet junk to online car dealers. They also offer the whole of their site in many different languages like Dutch, Japanese and Spanish.
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