Why does anyone use Yahoo anymore other than for webmail and catching some news. Why are Microsoft even bothering trying to buy them out, I don’t get it, there are so many better alternatives to Yahoo!, that are both more of “today”, giving you a more Web 2.0 experience e.g. iGoogle (surprise surprise!). The only thing I can see happening is that Microsoft buy out Yahoo and make it almost the same as how iGoogle operates, because we all know that MS is a bit of magpie of the IT world and nicks other people’s good ideas etc.

Google have basically swatted Yahoo! into relative obscurity in search engine usage, even if Microsoft bought them out and combined their search engines, they would still be lagging behind Google. Don’t get me wrong I’m not really a Google fanboy or anything, but why would you bother using something that’s not all that good when there is better stuff out there. Yahoo is not total rubbish, it’s just a bit passe, and doesn’t really push the envelope or offer anything new.

Google has 59% of US searches, versus about ~20% from Yahoo! (according to searchengine.com). That’s a massive share. Yahoo aren’t helping themselves by charging for POP3 email access, who want’s to pay for web mail when it’s been free from the start – MailPlus from Yahoo woooooooh!, how exciting, yes please take my ¬£12 a year for allowing me to access my email on Outlook and er…. better anti spam technology, allegedly – hmmmm my mouths watering. I know it’s only a pound a month, but I just can’t even be arsed paying them and going through all the payment details. So basically I dumped Yahoo not so long ago (and it would have been sooner if I wasn’t that precious about my email address) – I have a gmail account, it’s free too from 3rd party client software, and all round is much much better. It’s survival of the fittest, and Yahoo is looking a bit haggard!


3 thoughts on “Yawho??

  1. Arnab

    The only usage for yahoo I have is checking the movie time and date. lol. There are better services out there but I am so used to it. Also, a lot of people like the Yahoo! finance. That’s about it.

    Their email absolutely sucks now. I used yahoo! as my primary email for a long time. Not anymore however.

    The interesting thing though is the fact that Yahoo is ranked 1 by Alexa. hmmmm. I know that Yahoo! is a bit more popular in India compared to here. Maybe that’s why.

    The bottom line is that yahoo is just stupid to turn down Microsoft.

  2. Simon Post author

    I also think Yahoo have made a massive mistake in turning down the ‘gift-horse’ Microsoft. I thought Microsoft were mad for even comtemplating buying something like Yahoo, but then they do have other products like Flickr etc – that’s the only reason I can think MS wanted Yahoo. Basically they are a website of the nineties – destined to go the way of AltaVista etc….

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