Below is the original email exchange between me and Jerry Yang while he was a student at Stanford, from December 21, 1994. Yahoo! was still a hobby for him and David Filo as they worked toward their degrees.
My company was not quite a year old and I was submitting my new web site to Yahoo! At the time Yahoo! did not have a category for “Web Promotion” because the web promotion industry didn’t exist yet.
It’s hard to imagine that now. I had to look through my ancient retired IBM 286s in the basement to find this email.
I’m glad I kept them.
From: email@example.com (Jerry Chih-Yuan Yang)
Subject: Re: new category request
Date: 21 Dec 1994 11:19:12 GMT
Organization: Computer Systems Laboratory, Stanford University
In-reply-to: firstname.lastname@example.org’s message of Tue, 20 Dec 1994 09:13:04 GMT
hi eric – i will create a category for web promotion and place you in it.
Can you help me create new category for Web promotion services? Yahoo does not have one. The closest match is at
I haven’t found any other companies that do what I do, so any help you can offer would be greatly appreciated.
NetPOST – Web Promotion Services