Just about four weeks ago I posted about the plight of a fellow blogger named Shoemoney and an alleged extortion attempt by a proclaimed editor of the directory. Now, I have not been exactly defending the
open directory in its value with the major search engines like Ask, Google, MSN and Yahoo (in alphabetical order as not to offend anyone who prefers one over another).
Barry Schwartz at Search Engine Land noted that DMOZ.com was not listed in Google for the query “DMOZ”
The Open Directory’s home page appears to have gone missing from Google’s search results. For example, a search on dmoz (the Open Directory’s nickname) does not return the home page in the search results.
I too have verified that the index page is not listed in Google for any query. Can this remain? I have been very vocal about my disappointment in the Open Directory Project, however, I still do admire the intention and spirit of DMOZ.
Can it work? I think that it can, however, not in it’s present state. I admire it’s lofty goals, and still I wonder how it can survive without a concerted effort by some organization as it appears that the internal structure is without the ability to renew the philosophy?
What do you think?
- Should the Open Directory still be considered a resource by search engines or retired as a dinosaur to be exhibited in a museum of the Internet?
- Can DMOZ regain it’s perceived status and be a valuable resource on the Internet again?
Here are a few of my posts about the Open Directory Project (DMOZ):
Why DMOZ Sucks and Wikipedia is Nothing More than a Blog
Asleep at the Wheel – The Demise of the Open Directory