Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Yahoo! Kills 12 Products In Second Half 2013

Early 2013, Yahoo has announced an ongoing effort to sharpen their focus and deliver experiences that enhance their audiance daily lives. As part of that, today they are shutting down a few products so they can continue to focus on creating beautiful products that are essential to their audiance every day.

1. Yahoo Axis (June 28, 2013)
The oft-touted series of browser plugins and mobile apps – browsers in their own right – were designed to enhance one's search experience by tying speedier, real-time results to one's queries, in addition to a ton of quickly generated contextual information about the specific element a person was searching for.
The downside? As explained by ReadWriteWeb's Jon Mitchell, the "convenience and speed" of all the real-time elements and contextual information Yahoo packed into Axis didn't actually make conventional searching that much faster. Worse, the service was a bit prejudicial:
"Axis privileges Yahoo's own services so much that people who don't use them will be frustrated. This is the same problem Google creates when it stuffs Google+ social features into its other services. People who already use and love Yahoo will be happy, but people who don't will have a worse experience," Mitchell wrote.

2. Yahoo BrowserPlus (June 28, 2013)
Stay with us: BrowserPlus was designed to be a wraparound kind of browser plugin that would allow you to quickly and easily install other feature elements that a page would require – sans browser restart – so long as said page supported BrowserPlus. Basically, it was Yahoo's version of Google Gears, which the latter officially abandoned in 2011 within its Chrome browser.

3. Citizen Sports (June 28, 2013)
Big on fantasy sports, social tie-ins, and mobile apps? Too bad; Use Yahoo's primary offerings (like it's Yahoo Sports page, Fantasy Football page, or Yahoo Sports apps) instead of Citizen Sports, which the company picked up in 2010 for north of 40 million bucks.

4. Yahoo! WebPlayer (June 30, 2013)
Yahoo! WebPlayer plays audio and video on Web pages for users across the Internet. By adding Yahoo! WebPlayer to their sites, publishers can offer relevant audio, video, and other rich context to supplement their site.  You do not need to be a registered Yahoo! user to add Yahoo! WebPlayer to your site or to use the product.

If you’re a publisher and currently using Yahoo! WebPlayer on your site, after June 30 the Yahoo! WebPlayer won’t load. Your users will continue to be able to play media files using native browser support. You may wish to locate and remove the following line in your code:
<script type="text/javascript" src=""></script>

5. Foxytunes (July 1, 2013)
This plugin allowed users to control their media players from the comfort of their Web browsers. Starting July 1, you'll have to hit up Yahoo Music for all of your, er, musical needs – or one of the squillion other plugins that allow you to rock out on your desktop or laptop via Chrome, Firefox, and Internet Explorer.

6. Yahoo! RSS Alerts (July 1, 2013)
If you want up-to-the-minute information on a particular topic, Yahoo suggests you fill out a keyword news alert. At least that's one thing that the company has in common with Google: RSS hate. Even funnier, Yahoo RSS Alerts is being phased out on July 1, the same day that Google Reader officially gets the axe.
7. Yahoo! Neighbors Beta (July 8, 2013)
A practical discussion board for any topic - from neighborhood safety to contractor recommendations.
  • Get answers to questions you haven't thought to ask from neighbors you haven't met
  • Make an announcement, sell something, or get free stuff
  • Discover what's up in your area and join the discussion  
8. Altavista  (July 8, 2013)
Buh-bye. A search engine that was once one of the Web's most popular started fueling Yahoo's own search results in 1996. Yahoo ended up picking up the site as part of an acquisition of Altavista's owner, Overture Services, in 2003. Rumors abounded that Yahoo would kill the site in 2010, but the company decided to keep it alive – with Yahoo's search now fueling its results (technically, Bing's) – until July 8 of this year. ( remind me about Webcrawler and Excite search engine and Netscape web browser)

9. Yahoo! Stars India (July 25, 2013)
Yahoo! Stars is a site that enabled you to follow Bollywood and cricket stars in India. To stay up on all your favorite celebrity news, check out Yahoo! India OMG!.

10. Yahoo! Downloads Beta (July 31, 2013)
Yahoo! Downloads will no longer support 3rd party downloads. It will continue to offer downloads of Yahoo! products like Yahoo! Toolbar or Yahoo! Messenger
11. Yahoo! Local API (September 28, 2013)
Using the Yahoo! Local APIs, you can tap into our comprehensive database of local business information and user reviews. And, you can even get access to local traffic alerts.
As part of this shutdown, all Yahoo! Local API documentation will also be removed from the Yahoo! Developer Network portal.

12. Yahoo! Term Extraction API (September 28, 2013)
Yahoo’s Term Extractor is a application that extracts keywords from a piece of text that you can then use as tags or meta data keywords or anything you please.
Yahoo is eliminating direct access to the Yahoo! Term Extraction API and as of September 28, will require developers to go through YQL. They encourage all existing users of the Term Extraction Legacy API to migrate to YQL requests by September 28. You can use the YQL forums for any questions you might have about migrating to YQL. If you are already using the Term Extraction API via YQL, you don’t need to take any action.