I was a lost and confused high schooler. The typical angry teenager with poor grades and ZERO direction in life. I had no idea what to do next after finishing high school. Yahoo Answers changed that.
When it went offline on May 4, 2021, I felt like I had lost a dear friend and mentor. Because that’s exactly what Yahoo Answers was when I discovered it at the age of 14 in 2005. The image below describes how it helped me find my purpose in life.
Its disappearance is a warning for all of us hooked on Instagram, Twitter, etc. But I digress.
For some, it was a place to troll with abandon, for some a place for sex education. For me, it was the place where I figured out what I wanted to do with my life: give actionable advice to people.
It’s one of the reasons why I’m a writer today. It’s also one of the reasons why I’m studying to be a counselor. I’m in the career of my choice today largely due to it. Privileged students have access to career/guidance counselors. Well, at least I had Yahoo Answers.
Today, the platform is completely offline. No archive exists, there are no signs that it ever existed. But it will forever live on in my heart.