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Update on Woes of the Open Directory Project - DMOZ Dead?
Sunday, December 17, 2006

Have you tried submitting a site to DMOZ lately? Tried to become an editor? You probably haven't had much luck. ODP is broken. Does anyone care? Rumor has it that the issues with DMOZ are due to a server crash. ODP has not been able to recover since, as backups were not completed. Backups not completed? Are you serious? One of the oldest directories on the Web lacks redundancy and the ability to perform back ups? I find that hard to believe. Personally I think that they have been keeping the details of what happened private to avoid complete abandonment of ODP editors and users.

So what is the real reason for the decline of the Open Directory Product? Search Engine Land reports that maybe the best thing is for Google to purchase DMOZ and reshape the floundering directory. Are they (DMOZ) trying to market themselves in hopes of a sale? Well having a "broken" product that doesn't work doesn't seem like the best way to market ones self. Could it be that AOL just doesn't care? Check out this interesting post from one of ODP's founders, Rich Skrenta.

Will DMOZ resurface as a new improved product? Or is this truly the end of an era? We can only stay tuned to find out what happens. Any ODP editors out there care to share their thoughts?
posted by Jody @ Sunday, December 17, 2006  
1 Comments:
  • At 10:00 AM, Anonymous Rob Sullivan said…

    Its too bad that this had to happen. AOL has had a prime opportunity to get back into search bacause of their ownership of DMOZ. They should have done this years ago rather than let it become the political landscape that it is, what with editors selling their rights on Ebay, or selling listings altogether.

     
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