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: jerry@akebono.stanford.edu (Jerry Chih-Yuan Yang)
Subject: Re: new category request
Date: 21 Dec 1994 11:19:12 GMT
Organization: Computer Systems Laboratory, Stanford University
Reply-To: jerry@terminus.stanford.edu

In-reply-to: eric@netpost.com’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.
jerry yang
yahoo

http://akebono.stanford.edu/yahoo/

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Jerry,

Can you help me create new category for Web promotion services? Yahoo does not have one.  The closest match is at

http://akebono.stanford.edu/yahoo/computers_and_internet/www/

I haven’t found any other companies that do what I do, so  any help you can offer would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you,

Eric Ward
NetPOST – Web Promotion Services

http://www.netpost.com