The relationship between categories and genres
The Internet is new, and although websites are rarely placed within genres,
they are frequently categorised. It is difficult to speak of a website
without referring to its category (e.g. e-commerce, personal home page
etc.). So much so that a large part of this essay is used to look at the
relationship between website categories and genres. As will be seen, it
may prove difficult to categorise many websites that coexist within a
category, into a genre. However, a pattern can be discerned in some cases.
Yahoo categories have been used in this essay. This is for several reasons.
Firstly, they are self-categorised (Yahoo, 2000): the submittor chooses
the category. Secondly it is one of the earliest and by far the most important
search tool (Media Metrix, 2001), and thirdly it has been extremely influential
on other search tools.
See Appendix A: Some Yahoo categorisations
for more detail.