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Ask Slashdot: Can Yahoo Actually Stage a Comeback? 260

Nerval's Lobster writes "Fresh off purchasing Tumblr for $1.1 billion, Yahoo has moved to the next stage of what's becoming a company-wide reboot: fixing Flickr, the photo-sharing service that it acquired in 2005 and subsequently allowed to languish. Yahoo boosted Flickr accounts' individual storage capacity to one free terabyte, revamped the Website's overall look, and launched a new Flickr app for Google Android, among other tweaks. Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer clearly wants her company to fight toe-to-toe on features with Google and Facebook, but she faces a long road ahead of her: not only does she need to streamline Yahoo's cumbersome corporate structure and product portfolio into something that resembles fighting shape, but she needs to reverse the general perception that Yahoo is teetering on the edge of history's trash-bin, with an aging customer base and unexciting features. The question is, could anyone actually pull it off? Is Yahoo capable of an Apple-style turnaround, or are its current actions merely delaying the inevitable?"
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Ask Slashdot: Can Yahoo Actually Stage a Comeback?

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  • by tompaulco ( 629533 ) on Tuesday May 21, 2013 @06:33PM (#43788201) Homepage Journal

    Look at gmail. Clean. Simple. Functional.

    Well, with g-mails latest changes (admittedly a year old now), the question in my mind is whether yahoo can maintain status quo long enough for Google to shoot themselves in the foot by making their product more crappy.

  • Re:Of course (Score:5, Informative)

    by Grishnakh ( 216268 ) on Tuesday May 21, 2013 @06:48PM (#43788369)

    Because she's a female. If she were a man, we could call him an "overrated bozo". You wouldn't call a woman a "bozo", since that's a reference to Bozo the Clown, who was a man.

  • Re:Of course (Score:5, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday May 21, 2013 @06:58PM (#43788477)

    I was employed with Yahoo when they made the WFH change. We were lied to even within the company. It was initially communicated permanent WFH employees would no longer be able to WFH to help drive innovation. 160-something permanent WFH people out of ~16,000 employees were suppose to make a HUGE impact on innovation?? It became clear shortly after the announcement that it was BS. The real reason was communicated a few days later. They made the decision after looking at the VPN logs and saw people WFH weren't even logging in. Not necessarily the permanent WFH people, just in general. It wasn't a stealth layoff, it was a get people to actually do their work.

    Do I think Yahoo will make a comeback? Absolutely not. There is way too much dysfunction in that company to fix.

  • Re:YAHOO! ?? (Score:5, Informative)

    by Spy Handler ( 822350 ) on Tuesday May 21, 2013 @07:51PM (#43788931) Homepage Journal

    i used it all the time. It used to have a human-submitted and maintained tree directory of the internet.

    Think about that for a second.

    So if I wanted to find a good website about DOS games, instead of googling for "DOS Games", I would go to Yahoo and select a top category. It might be "Entertainment".

    And find subcategories, such as Games -> Computer Games -> Legacy Games -> DOS

    And look through the listings.

  • Re:Of course (Score:4, Informative)

    by LWATCDR ( 28044 ) on Tuesday May 21, 2013 @09:14PM (#43789487) Homepage Journal

    Except that it made $3.370.000,000 in net profit. I have to wonder why people keep talking about can Yahoo stage a comeback. It is still making a lot of money. I wish I was failing by only making 3.75 billion dollars.

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