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Go.com logo.png
Type of site
Web portal
Available inEnglish
OwnerDisney Parks, Experiences and Products
(The Walt Disney Company)
Created byDisney Interactive Media Group
(The Walt Disney Company)
LaunchedJanuary 9, 1998; 23 years ago (1998-01-09)

Go.com (also known as The Go Network) is a portal for Disney content that was created after The Walt Disney Company acquired the search engine Infoseek. Go.com is operated by Disney Parks, Experiences and Products, one of four divisions of the company. It began as a web portal launched by Jeff Gold.[1] Go.com includes content from ABC News, which is owned by Walt Disney Television and is hosted under a .go.com name. Along with Time Warner's Pathfinder.com, Go.com proved to be an expensive failure for its parent company, as web users largely preferred to use search engines to access content directly, rather than using directories. In 2013, the site was transitioned from a general-interest portal to a simple landing page.


Go.com's original logo used from 1998 to 1999.

In January 1998, Disney registered Go.com.[2] Infoseek and Disney Interactive Media Group joint ventured in developing the Go Network, an internet portal.[3] Go.com was launched in January 1999 as a portal with content from ABCNews.com, ESPN.com and Disney.[4]

With Disney's purchase of the remainder of Infoseek in July 1999, the Go Network, Infoseek, the Disney Catalog, Disney Online (Disney.com and DisneyStore.com), ABC News Internet Ventures, ESPN Internet Ventures, and Buena Vista Internet Group were merged into the Go.com company; the company was 72% Disney-owned, with the other outstanding ownership in a tracking stock.[5]

In October 1999, the Go Guides program, a user-edited directory like DMOZ, was launched.[6][7]

In January 2000, Go.com was forced to abandon its original stoplight logo because of a complaint of similar-looking logos filed by GoTo.com.[8] Concurrently, Go.com company officials announced it was shifting from a general appeal portal to featuring entertainment content.[7] A court later ruled that Go.com had to pay $21.5 million in damages to GoTo.com.[9]

However, in January 2001, Disney announced that it would be closing Go.com and its search engine, laying off approximately 400 employees and retiring the go.com tracking stock.[10] Also announced was the closing of Go.com's volunteer-edited directory. With the closing, some volunteers created, or migrated to, offshoot directories including JoeAnt, Goguides.org, and Skaffe.com.

In March 2001, Go.com dropped its internal search engine in favor of GoTo.com search results.[9]

Current status

Despite its announcement, Go.com never ceased operations. Instead, in March 2001, the site ended its search engine and switched to a search engine provided by goto.com, whose parent, Overture Services, Inc, was eventually purchased by Yahoo!.[9][11]

As of January 21, 2016, some of Disney's sites, including ABC's network and news divisions and Disney's cable networks continue to be hosted on the go.com domain, although a base address is used for branding and simplicity purposes; for example, the website for Freeform redirects to freeform.go.com. Go.com terminated its email service on August 31, 2010.

In 2013, Disney retired the Go.com logo and branding, turning the domain into a Disney-branded landing page without a search engine. The properties of Disney Interactive then began the process of moving the connection of user accounts off from depending on the Go.com domain to a different type of system not dependent solely on one domain. Throughout 2014 and 2015, the ABC Owned Television Stations began to move to only using their on-air domains, mainly for social media considerations.

In August 2016, ESPN.com switched to solely using that domain rather than espn.go.com, tying into the improved Disney Enterprise Technology user account/registration process rather than a rumored issue involving the resolution of "301" error notices from the former espn.com redirect causing issues with lower search result rankings.[12][13]


  1. ^ January 28, 2000 - Judge bars Disney from using Go.com logo
  2. ^ February 3, 2000 - Go Going Elsewhere, Loses Logo
  3. ^ January 29, 2001 - Disney to Discontinue Go.com Portal
  4. ^ March 15, 2001 - Go.com Becomes GoTo


  1. ^ Bahareth, Mohammad (April 18, 2012). Kings of the Internet. iUniverse. p. 210. ISBN 9781469798431. Retrieved 2014.
  2. ^ Polsson, Ken. "1998". Chronology of the Walt Disney Company. kpolsson.com. Retrieved 2012. source: CNet News.com, http://www.news.cnet.com/
  3. ^ Tedesco, Richard (December 14, 1998). "Disney, Infoseek give green light". Broadcasting & Cable. Archived from the original on May 31, 2013. Retrieved 2012.
  4. ^ "GO Network premieres". Money. CNNfn. January 12, 1999. Retrieved 2012.
  5. ^ "Disney absorbs Infoseek". Money. CNNfn. July 12, 1999. Retrieved 2012.
  6. ^ "The Search Engine Report: Go Guides Goes Live". searchenginewatch.com. October 4, 1999. Archived from the original on 3 January 2003. Retrieved 2012.
  7. ^ a b Sullivan, Danny (Feb 3, 2000). "Go Going Elsewhere, Loses Logo". Search Engine Watch.com. Retrieved 2012.
  8. ^ Jacobus, Patricia (January 28, 2000). "Judge bars Disney from using Go.com logo". CNET News. Retrieved 2012.
  9. ^ a b c Sullivan, Danny (March 14, 2001). "Go.com Becomes GoTo". Search Engine Watch.com. Archived from the original on 25 March 2013. Retrieved 2012.
  10. ^ "Disney to Discontinue Go.com Portal". siliconvalley.internet.com. January 29, 2001. Retrieved 2012.
  11. ^ Olsen, Stefanie. "Yahoo to buy Overture for $1.63 billion". CNET. Retrieved .
  12. ^ Buchholz, Andrew (4 August 2016). "ESPN drops ESPN.go.com, but not over a tweet from last week". Awful Announcing. Retrieved 2016.
  13. ^ Benton, Joshua (4 August 2016). "ESPN.com has finally replaced espn.go.com, and a newish SEO rule means it won't lose Google juice » Nieman Journalism Lab". Nieman Journalism Lab. Retrieved 2016.

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