Yahoo To Shut Down Qwiki, Yahoo Education And The Yahoo Directory

Yahoo announced today it’s shuttering a handful of products, including Qwiki, a mobile app Yahoo acquired last July for $50 million, which helps users create movies from the photos and videos in their Camera Roll. Also getting the boot are Yahoo Education, a site designed to connect users to educational content and providers, as well as Yahoo Directory, the 20-year old listing of websites which is how old people used to browse the web.

I kid, I kid. We’re not so old!

Still, seeing Directory shut down for good has an “end of an era” vibe to it. It’s not like anyone ever used the site anymore to browse the web – can you really believe that this is how it was once done? – but seeing it snuffed out may leave you feeling a bit nostalgic for the good ol’ days of the pre-Google era.

Yahoo Directory will be shut down on December 31, 2014, the company says. Yahoo notes that advertisers will be upgraded to a new service. (There were advertisers?! They must have been targeting Jerry.)


Meanwhile, Qwiki, also the TechCrunch Disrupt SF 2010 winner, will be closed down on November 1st.  Yahoo says that the team will be tasked instead with creating “new digital media experiences” for Yahoo users. (You can download your Qwiki videos from here.)

Yahoo Education is the first of the trio to close, and will end its life on September 30.