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The general reaction in the press so far to Microsoft’s offer to buy Yahoo! is that it’s practically a done deal – that the price is so high Yahoo’s management will have trouble turning down the offer, even if they want to. But for us, the […]

The general reaction in the press so far to Microsoft’s offer to buy Yahoo! is that it’s practically a done deal – that the price is so high Yahoo’s management will have trouble turning down the offer, even if they want to. But for us, the important thing isn’t the press reaction, but the web worker reaction. And whatever you feel about the long, slow decline of Yahoo, many of you have a stronger reaction to Microsoft.

Yahoo touches web worker lives in many ways: we use the search and mail and groups. Beyond that, two prominent web worker darlings are Yahoo properties: Flickr and del.icio.us. If the merger goes through, they’ll become Microsoft properties. Watching Twitter this morning, it’s clear that some of the louder voices on the web aren’t happy with this prospect; there’s already talk of voting with one’s feet by moving to competing services like SmugMug and ma.gnolia. But what’s your feeling? Will you keep using Flickr even if it becomes Microsoft Windows Live Photo Sharing? Are you already thinking about pulling the plug? Or are you in “wait and see” mode, hoping for the best from the combination?

  1. Will pull plug.

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  2. I guess people is overseeing things… my guess is that Microsoft’s acquisition of Yahoo will be near Google’s acquisition of YouTube.

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  3. hmm.. I’ve been with yahoo, since it had 6000 sites in their Netscape 0.96 compliant directory :) (yeah …not a mistake…sixty hundreds.. somewhere in `95 i think).. they went up, they did beautifully things, nevertheless, when they stopped and stagnated I stopped using their services, at least most of them, so with all sympathy, I’m waiting to see what will happen to the services, although it’s very “cool” to hate the redmond guys, at the end of the day what really matters is what products and services I get, how good they are and how cheap they are. That’s all. so .. lets see what we’ll happen

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  4. @naorm
    “At the end of the day what really matters is what products and services I get”

    Look at Vista and Live. That’s what you’ll get.

    IMHO, M$ will ruin Yahoo! with their closed minded closed source ways.

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  5. @Lance – well… you know.. google way of rolling out buggy and incomplete features, the fact that yahoo mail is the only one that does not let *any* free offline access, buggy webmail interface, spam full messenger etc, the cheaper and quicker code development on MS platforms…
    I’m not a fan of “M$”, on the contrary, I will no upgrade to Vista since the product sucks, i’ve just migrated out from MSoffice to OO since OO 2.3 has grown into real replacement.. and so on..
    .. they all have their problems :)

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  6. I have SBC Yahoo, and I wonder how the Redmond acquisition would affect our services.

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  7. I’d wait, keep using what I use, and change if performance/feature set was changed to something I didn’t like. Simple as that.

    Switching your services just because of who bought them doesn’t make much sense to me. There has to be a tangible reason for me to spend time researching different providers and settling into one.

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  8. “Look at Vista and Live. That’s what you’ll get.
    IMHO, M$ will ruin Yahoo! with their closed minded closed source ways.”

    So true (and so sad).
    I’ll walk away if that happens.

    Have been using a few Yahoo! services (on and off) for approx. 7 years now.

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  9. The only thing I use from Yahoo is Yahoo Messenger. The only other thing I use from Microsoft is the Visual Studio IDE. Everything else is Google for me.

    So I think I’d pull the plug from using anything Yahoo! if this happens. I’d start asking my friends to switch to Google instead on the IM network, and cancel my Yahoo Voice account as well. Skype after all is a lot better in that regard.

    Unless Microsoft does something other than leverage the Yahoo! user base and publicity for the stock price and actually come up with compelling new features to convince me to go back to using anything Yahoo!, then I’m sticking with Google.

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  10. I’m pulling my plug.

    Darn. Flickr was cool.

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