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Hans van der Graaf

A picture of a smiling Hans Hans van der Graaf Hans van der Graaf is born in The Netherlands in the summer of '65. He is, apart from being husband, father, employee and so on, fascinated by directories. Or better said Hans has a love and hate relationship with the current available directories.

Directories are great to browse, and browsing is often more fun than search. However, the current directories have some drawbacks. It is almost impossible to add your website to one of the current directories.

  1. Almost every directory has an editor. It often feels that you have to beg, to get your website included in that directory;
  2. There are a lot of directories with none working submission forms;
  3. Often you don't get any response at all when you want to suggest a website, or it takes a very long time;
  4. Often you have to pay to get listed.

The consequence is that the current directories, including Symbol for an extra windowDMOZ which is still the largest and best directory there is, are getting out of date. They don't always deliver what you might expect. Often there are just a few links in a catagory while you know that there are much more relevant links. Even worse there are quite a few broken links.

A still of the Prezi View the Prezi: Add a link in a blink So Hans concluded that an alternative directory shouldn't depend on editors, but should be a completly open Symbol for an extra windowwiki. You should be able to add a link hasslefree to a logical catagory without asking anyone. In other words, the goal was to reinvent DMOZ hence the name of this Symbol for an extra windowZOMDir project.

In the summer of 2010 the first thoughts about the ZOMDir project where written down. January 2011 the domain name Symbol for an extra windowZOMDir was claimed, and soon the first spin-offs were created. See also the blog Symbol for an extra windowblog.zomdir.com.

Due to the fact that ZOMDir started as a hobby project of one person, powered by other software projects, it took some time to build this alternative open directory project.

I hope you appreciate the result.
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