Date: Wed, 02 Aug 95 23:29:31 CDT
From: Patrick Douglas Crispen 
Subject: TOURBUS 8/3 - THE *NEW* YAHOO!

                        TOURBUS 03 AUG 1995

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                    TODAY'S STOP: THE *NEW* YAHOO!

"Roll Tide" -- me

In the midst of a sea of despair and sadness (and NCAA sanctions)
there remains one last shining ray of good news: today's TOURBUS
is here! (YIPPEE!) :)

Spend *any* amount of time talking to an Internet guru about
the World Wide Web and you are guaranteed to hear about "Yahoo!"
Yahoo! is the brain-child of two electrical engineering graduate
students at Stanford.  15 months ago, these two students created
a Web tool called Yahoo! so they could easily find their way back
to some of their favorite Web pages.

15 months later, these students' little project has turned into
one of the best Web resources in the world.  Yahoo! has links
to well over 40,000 different web pages, and over 300,000
people use Yahoo! every day.  Yahoo! is so big, as a matter
of fact, that these two students have just created their own company
(with the help of the nice guys at Netscape) to ensure that Yahoo!
will continue to grow well into the future.

Why is Yahoo! so "tres cool" ("tres cool" is French for "cool times 3")?
Well, Yahoo! isn't just a list of 40,000+ Web pages -- it is a *SUBJECT
ORIENTED* guide to all of these Web pages.

What does *THAT* mean? Simply put, that means that the nice folks at
Yahoo! have sorted through all 40,000+ of these Web pages and have
created links to these Web pages based on the subjects that these
pages address (for example, all Web pages devoted to Acoustics are
grouped together). Thanks to an ingenious system of directories
and subdirectories, finding Web pages on Yahoo! that address a certain
topic that interests you is a snap!

The best way to learn about Yahoo! is to just try it.  The Yahoo!
address is


Remember, these are World Wide Web addresses.  You can access
these addresses using any Web browser, or using e-mail (as explained
in Bob's "Accessing the Internet by E-mail").

For those of you who have used Yahoo! before, take another look at
it now ... it is TOTALLY different :)

Besides adding some nifty graphics to the Yahoo! homepage, the folks
at Yahoo! have also made some other major changes (and, to all
English teachers out there, I am indeed aware that the following
is not parallel):

     1.  They decreased the number of top-level categories listed
         on the main Yahoo! page from 19 to 14,

     2.  They added a link to the Reuters news wire on the main
         Yahoo! page,

     3.  Each of the top-level categories now has hypertext links
         on the main Yahoo! page to at least three of that category's
         most popular sub-categories (so you can jump STRAIGHT
         into that sub-category), and

     4.  Yahoo! ditched its separate "Search" page and put a
         search form smack dab in the middle of the Yahoo!
         homepage :)

As I said earlier, finding Web pages devoted to a certain topic
is a snap.  If you have a forms-capable World Wide Web browser
(like Netscape), you can enter a keyword or group of keywords
in the "search" box at the top of the Yahoo! homepage.  Yahoo!
will search through its database and will display any Web page
links that have your keyword(s) in its title or description.

If you do not have a forms-capable browser, or if you are like
me and enjoy exploring, you can hunt for interesting Web pages
by bouncing through Yahoo's many categories and sub-categories.

For example, let's see if there are any Web pages out there
devoted to Fox's television show "Party of Five."  On the main
Yahoo! page, we get to choose from 14 different categories
ranging from "Art" to "Society and Culture."  Since Party of Five
is a TV show, and since TV falls under the "Entertainment"
category, we need to click on the "Entertainment" hyperlink.
(By the way, with the new Yahoo! we can jump straight to the
TV subcategory by clicking on the word "TV" under the
Entertainment hyperlink ... but where's the fun in that?)

Anyway, if we click on Entertainment, a new page shows up
with even more categories for us to choose from. Since we
are interested in a TV show, we click on "Television".

... I think you can figure out the rest (By the way, the Party
of Five pages can be found in


In other words, on the main Yahoo! screen you need to choose
"Entertainment," then on the Entertainment screen you need to
choose "Television," then on the Television screen you need to
choose "Shows," then ...)

There are two things that you need to remember about Yahoo!:

     1. Yahoo! just lists Web pages and lets you link to
        those Web pages directly from Yahoo!  Sometimes,
        however, the Web pages that you link to will no
        longer work.  This isn't Yahoo's fault -- its the
        fault of whoever is responsible for the Web page that
        you are linking to.

     2. Yahoo! does not have a link to every Web page in the
        world (yet).  Sometimes, you won't find anything on
        Yahoo, but you may find what you are looking for
        somewhere else. (This is pretty rare, though)

If there is one Web page that you *lock* into your brain, let
it be Yahoo.  I guarantee you that you will use Yahoo! often.

THUR 8/10        HOMR (maybe ... although I am beginning
                 to get the feeling that HOMR is going to
                 be TOURBUS' proverbial "Giant Rat of Sumatra")


IGNERT - adjective. Not smart. See "Auburn Alumni." :)
Usage: "Them N-C-TWO-A boys sure are ignert!"

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