The last answer of Yahoo Answers: after 16 years the platform closes forever
“What’s the name of the song that makes ui uor ui wor rachiu”. It’s one of the hundreds questions on Yahoo Answer that have gone viral over the years, amid irony and online jokes. But also an example of one of the reasons why the online service will disappear, overwhelmed by moderation problems and the advent of social networks that made it obsolete. Between irony and melancholy, the news of the closure of Yahoo Answers scheduled for next May 4 has unleashed the world of Twitter.
Within a month a piece of internet history will disappear, a service to which in the last 16 years thousands of users have entrusted at least one question to solve their problems and those of the online world. And Yahoo Answers, at least in the early days, has represented the only possibility of help between internet users, offering to the world wide web opinions and advices from anyone considered competent in the proposed matter. Today, however, Yahoo Answer is no longer needed, trapped in its grotesque virtual reality created by users and now far from being a useful tool: those who surf the Internet, by now, look for answers elsewhere.
So Yahoo has decided to concentrate on other products. The collapse of the Internet’s most famous portal of answers has become a reality and to disappear will not only be the possibility to ask new questions and offer advice (the deadline is April 20), but it will not even be possible to consult the archive from May 4, the date of digital oblivion of thousands of questions and answers. “Can you have sex in the ninth month of pregnancy?” is, perhaps, the most well-known absurd question posted by most users. But there are also those who remember the many school problems solved thanks to those questions and answers; “Summaries of epic, Latin versions, physics exercises: another piece of our youth flies away”. Despite the decline of recent times, the melancholy of the users is a lot: “Closing it means slamming the door in the face of several generations”.
For those who want to keep some memories, users who want will be given the opportunity to download their material by June 30, 2021: “Goodbye, companion of a thousand adventures” writes a user on Twitter. Wondering how many questions will remain forever unanswered.