It’s exactly a year since Marissa Mayer took over reigns of Yahoo – and in my opinion she has done a commendable job in the first 12 months of being at the helm for a company that was in a hole prior to her arrival.
Yahoo has made acquisition of 10 startups since her arrival, and all of them have been focused on a singular goal in one way or the other – To create and good engineering team that will innovate and offer content-focused products to users and then convert it into advertising dollars.
In addition to this, Yahoo has been visibly more transparent about their plans and future roadmap. Prior to Mayer coming in, Yahoo seemed like headless chicken running around everywhere without any direction. That’s not true anymore.
In a bid to sharpen Yahoo’s focus further, they have made a Google-esque announcement of shutting bouquet of services, which did not align with Yahoo’s future directions – Twelve services to be precise.
Here are 12 services that Yahoo will shut down over the course of next few months:
|1||Yahoo! Axis||June 28, 2013|
|2||Yahoo! Browser Plus||June 28, 2013|
|3||Citizen Sports||June 28, 2013|
|4||Yahoo! WebPlayer||June 30, 2013|
|5||FoxyTunes||July 1, 2013|
|6||Yahoo! RSS Alerts||July 1, 2013|
|7||Yahoo! Neighbors Beta||July 8, 2013|
|8||AltaVista||July 8, 2013|
|9||Yahoo! Stars India||July 25, 2013|
|10||Yahoo! Downloads Beta||July 31, 2013|
|11||Yahoo! Local API||September 28, 2013|
|12||Yahoo! Term Extraction API||September 28, 2013|
To be honest, shutting down of these services is not going to affect too many people, I am not sure how many even used it apart from probably the Yahoo Term Extraction API which was being used by quite a few developers for various content projects.
AltaVista is probably the only service I have some feelings for and that too because of nostalgia more than anything else. Pre-Google days, I used to prefer AltaVista search engine, and for a period of about six months, AltaVista for me was the go-to search engine.
Which of the above Yahoo services are you sad to see go? If any….