I used to use Yahoo for lots of things. Yahoo would provide me email, news, stock quotes and of course messenger. In a free market there’s the leader of the industry (Google) and then there’s the underdog (Yahoo). Even though Yahoo search was out before Google it lacked the precision Google brought to finding the exact thing you are searching for. I always believe that in any industry you should have fierce competition. Competition brings down cost to consumer and force the companies to strive to be innovative with their products. Just look at the computer industry. All those competition in the PC market has lead to powerful computer system that anyone with job could afford. Let’s not get off the subject here.
What has Yahoo done to me lately that has ticked me off so much that I’m willing to drop them in the recycle bin like yesterdays newspaper? Is it that Yahoo mail has a poor spam filter? Is it that Yahoo search (it’s core business) just sucks at finding things? Is it that Yahoo doesn’t allow me to retrieve my email other than to visit it’s portal? None of those things bother me enough to drop Yahoo.
The thing that ticked me off the most, well it’s actually two things. First thing that ticked me off is Yahoo messengers update recently. A few days ago I updated Yahoo messenger to it’s latest version (10.something) and the damn thing install Yahoo Toolbar without asking me. My beloved Firefox now has this hideous toolbar that I find absolutely unnecessary plastered at the top. I thought Mozilla is a people minded company and would not allow add-ons to install itself without the users knowledge. I guess I was wrong. So I ignored it and a few days gone by. Once in a blue moon I would fire up Internet Explorer. BAM, Yahoo messenger update installed the @#$! toolbar on IE also. That was not the thing that broke the camels back for me. It was, listen up Yahoo, it was that you changed my homepage to Yahoo without my consent. That itself is a heinous act. I specifically set my homepage to a site that is actually useful and Yahoo had the audacity to set it it’s website.
Yes, I know how to change it back but that’s not the point. To have software from a public company do this has to say something about the company’s integrity. I’ve always rooted for the underdog (Yahoo) but this time it’s bye bye. My one single vote is to say good bye to Yahoo for good. I’m moving my services over to Google or even Microsoft. Yeah, yeah I know in about five years Microsoft is going to buyout Yahoo. Mark my word Yahoo is going down. Down like the clown it is.