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Yahoo! To Shut Down Delicious And Alta Vista

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Yahoo! To Shut Down Delicious And Alta Vista

I bet some people over at Yahoo! are thinking: "Maybe we should have taken that $45 billion offer from Microsoft a couple of years ago." The troubled internet giant turned down the offer and is now killing off some of its best known web properties.

Yahoo! initially refused to confirm it was killing off popular bookmarking site Delicious and not-so-popular search engine Alta Vista but leaked slides showed its plans and Yahoo! has since confirmed that the slides are real. A statement from Yahoo! said: “Part of our organisational streamlining involves cutting our investment in underperforming or off-strategy products to put better focus on our core strengths and fund new innovation in the next year and beyond. We continuously evaluate and prioritise our portfolio of products and services, and do plan to shut down some products in the coming months."

Delicious was purchased by Yahoo! in 2005 and had around 5 million active users. A tool that allows people save, manage, and share web links, Delicious is the most popular service which is to be axed. There have already been eulogies to Delicious posted on the web from some of its many fans. Among the other services being killed are the once great Alta Vista, Yahoo! Buzz and Yahoo! Bookmarks.

Earlier this week is emerged that Yahoo! would be letting 560 staff go, representing four percent of its workforce. The job cull is being led by CEO Carol Bartz, who was appointed to attempt to save the ailing giant in January 2009.

Ohmz

December 18, 2010, 12:22 am

I switched to Google Bookmarks from Delicious just because I use all of Googles' services anyways.





Sad to see it go, it's a great service.





I don't think Microsoft has any bookmarking services? They should consider buying it.

Tony Walker

December 18, 2010, 3:13 am

As a gnarled old web user of some 16 years - my first ISP was IBM as I signed up for the Internet stuff that came with OS/2 Warp (3.0) - I have mourned the original Alta Vista for quite some time. I think I jumped ship to Google when they started using forced re-direction - a hateful practice.





Similarly as a G.O.I.U. I shall not miss the other one. Never seen the point of them.

BloodyMary

December 18, 2010, 4:01 am

so what are we supposed to do instead?? I use Delicious daily and frankly cant do without it

SRS

December 18, 2010, 2:36 pm

After shutting down their "off-strategy products", Yahoo can concentrate on their core competency - supplying weather forecasts to the iPhone.

jingyeow

December 19, 2010, 1:05 am

Lol @ SRS. Yahoo seems to be implmenting the same strategy as Myspace. Befriend everyone you once would have bought or wiped your shoe on to get ahead.

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