The return of Yahoo

Its been exactly 3 years and 8 months since I shifted my loyalties to Gmail from the erstwhile Yahoo account. Reason, well my friend Kaustubh introduced me to gmail and almost convinced me that it was the in-thing. Having a google account probably meant a lot those days (at least thats what I believed that time around) since it was by invitation only. So I left my association with Yahoo, that lasted little more than 4 years and joined Google.

My email journey has actually been very fascinating. I started of with hotmail, my first mail account. However I had to let in go since it was too slow for a 64kbps dial up connections and that too when the rates of accessing internet in a net cafe were as high as INR 100 to 150 per hour. After dabbling for few days with Rediff, I moved to Yahoo.

Yahoo, I must admit, introduced me to the world wide web. It was the best and most talked about thing about 8 years back from now. My teenage thrived and bloomed on Yahoo messenger ( :mrgreen: ) and so did my professional self. I remember registering in the websites of the likes of Naukri and Monster using my Yahoo account. I remember uploading photographs for the first time on flickr using a yahoo id. All the final year project, Yahoo mail has been the carrier of the documents between our team (I headed them… Yo!) and our professor who was away most of the times. And when I tried my hand at doing Post Graduation in management, Yahoo it was again. And Yahoo it was, when I got through. But in the end, I ditched Jerry Yang and shifted my base to Google.

I don’t know what made me go back to the Yahoo account. May be all the memories did. Sadly, all that communication which would have felt me nostalgic is now lost. But my Yahoo is back. And it is looking really good. I mean they have put good effort in developing the new mail client. One reason why I continued with Google was I found it easy on the eys as well as to use. May be I will change that perception now. May be I’m starting my Yahoo again.

PS: “maxmayur” actually is my name since my Yahoo days. It was my chat id. 🙂

Yahoo Rejects Microsoft, Icahn Bid

Hmmm… Well well well. This is SOME news for many days now. Yahoo rejecting Microsoft’s lucrative deal. Roy Bostock (Chairman of Yahoo) says its not lucrative enough, despite the fact that Microsoft had promised billions in ad sales revenue to Yahoo. But there was no surety. 🙂

This puts a lot of pressure on Jerry Yang though. He has to look in the Google deal again, the alternative he has, unless some one else wants to jump in. They say The deal with Google has got a better monetary value and also lesser risk. And why not? Carl Icahn (an investor who bid for Yahoo along with Microsoft) had asked for the ouster of the entire top management of yahoo, if the deal got through. Google on the other hand promises a cash flow of $450million in the first year itself. No wonder or surprises in it. Google leads the online search engine marketing revenues by far.

Microsoft on the other hand might have received a shot in the butt 😛 they have been trying to woo Yahoo for far too long, since the $44.6 billion bid by Steve Ballmer 6 month back was rejected. They have tried several times. However the trick here is, Yahoo doesn’t seem to like to idea of seperating the search business from its core. Microsoft on the other hand has no interest other than the search engine as they are getting desperate to improve their position in SEM.

Well all eyes are on Carl Icahn now, as he tries to woo some more before the yahoo Share holders meeting next month. (Carl Icahn is one of the 9 board members of Yahoo)

Good Luck to Jerry Yang!