Comments on: Mayer can’t save Yahoo – because Yahoo can’t be saved Where media and technology meet Wed, 16 Nov 2016 08:48:25 +0000 hourly 1 By: tomwinans Tue, 24 Jul 2012 13:03:09 +0000 WiseOldElf is, well, wise …

In a time where relevance is being redefined, give Yahoo, Ms. Meyer, and the Yahoo team a chance. Google is beginning to see all of its domain challenged … advert revenue could decline/erode in a fashion similar to Google Maps on iPhone. Then what? Will Android solutions keep the company afloat without a cohesive user experience across all devices used? Perhaps Ms. Meyer recognizes what Google leadership and others do not …

By: ChicagoFats Mon, 23 Jul 2012 17:05:33 +0000 I don’t know whether Mayer can get the job done or not. I believe, however, that for anyone to turn that boat around they will have to get the company to begin treating their users like customers and not just so many eyeballs.

Got a problem with Yahoo! email? Yahoo! maps? How quickly can you get a response, let alone a satisfactory answer, from their customer service. Better question: where IS their customer service?

As long as they believe it’s only about selling ad space, they’re going to continue to deteriorate. You roll the product out first, THEN people shell out money for it. There’s not a whole lot of product out there any more.

By: trevorh Sat, 21 Jul 2012 21:32:54 +0000 Ok, I might be bit harsh on the tech world obsession on design and look, but something needs to be addressed soon.

The trend I see right now is that more and more smart engineers are doing front-end work, some are doing less front-end like database and day-to-day operations (eg improve speed and responsiveness), but these are tasks for what I call the “establishment tasks” gearing toward the execution experts or Peter Thiel called extensive innovation.

If this trend continues, sooner or later more good people will be sucked into these things. The same way finance is taking in a lot of smart people.

At the same time these “establishment tasks” need to be patched on some fundamentally new idea, the base. They can’t survive on their own.

The fundamentally new ideas (eg Siri) are very difficult ground-breaking work with very high failure rate. This requires nothing but the best talent to spearhead. Again Peter Thiel called this “intensive innovation”.

If we continue rewarding and encouraging “extensive innovation” and the “execution experts” too much like right now. We will both run of the low hanging fruit as well as the smart guys who are capable AND willing to try reaching higher.

Just my .. dime.

By: Rex_Sevchenko Fri, 20 Jul 2012 19:17:49 +0000 I don’t like Yahoo. The majority of the news reports are somewhat useless, others are just plain innaccurate. Also, the interface isn’t the greatest, and the pages are swarmed with ads.

By: CDN_Rebel Fri, 20 Jul 2012 02:54:32 +0000 Yahoo crushes Reuters news flow because that’s their business. If Yahoo doesn’t get hits it makes no $$. Reuters business is charging $1000s per month for instant ticker and intl news terminals to finance companies – their web traffic is a tertiary profit centre (ie it doesn’t make money.) Reuters also has a big reporting bureau; Yahoo has a big sports reporting bureau. What does the average American read more of?

By: Lord_Foxdrake Thu, 19 Jul 2012 22:50:55 +0000 @kpkelleher

Jeese, get a life dude. I like Yahoo!

By: Inkubus Thu, 19 Jul 2012 22:09:25 +0000 Yahoo would have been better off doing like every other company – have an old man CEO with a hot secretary.
She will have her baby and it will become infinitely more important to her than her job.

By: kpkelleher Thu, 19 Jul 2012 15:45:11 +0000 @ WiseOldElf
I am not writing her off. I am writing Yahoo off.

By: kpkelleher Thu, 19 Jul 2012 15:44:07 +0000 @ DeSwiss
You seem to be missing a verb in your first sentence there. Perhaps you meant, “those who can run a company into the ground?” In that case, I agree with you.

By: kpkelleher Thu, 19 Jul 2012 15:41:07 +0000 @Calfri
Agreed. Where is the spartan interface when you need it?