yahoo buys del.icio.us and takes on google? 12.13.2005, 11:01 AM
posted by ray cha
Just as we were creating a del.icio.us account and linking it to our site, Yahoo announced the purchase of the company. This strategy of purchasing successful web service start-ups is nothing new for Yahoo (for example, flckr and egroups.) Del.icio.us's popularity has prompted lots of discussion has been going on across the internet, notably on slashdot as well as social software.
Del.icio.us started with the simple idea of putting bookmarks on the web. By making them public, it added a social networking component to the experience. Bookmarks, in a way, are an external representation of notable ideas in the mind of the owner.
They also announced a new partnership with Six Apart, who created Moveable Type. Although, they did not purchase Six apart. Six Apart has optimized their blogging software to work with Yahoo's small business hosting service.
In the end, these strategies make sense for Yahoo and other large media companies, because they are buying proven technologies and a strong user base. Small companies are often more nimble in thought and speed, and then able to develop novel technology.
Interestingly, the online discussion seem to be framing this event in terms of Yahoo versus Google. Microsoft is noticeably absent in the discussion. Perhaps, as Lisa suggested, they are focused on gaming right now. With each new initiative and acquisition, the debates about the services and strategies of Yahoo and Google sound more like discussions about competing fall line-ups of ABC, NBC and CBS.
Otis Gospodnetic on December 13, 2005 12:52 PM:
You are saying you (plural!) were creating a del.icio.us account? For bookmark sharing? Del.icio.us has no support for collabortive bookmarking. I suggest you have a look at Simpy and its Group functionality. If there are several of you bookmarking together, you will like Simpy's Groups.
Lisa Lynch on December 13, 2005 2:17 PM:
We share the same account, thus are all able to post.
Eddie Tejeda on December 13, 2005 7:23 PM:
Microsoft has shown very little interest in the pop webservice scene. It's surprising because Microsoft was one of the original designers of SOAP, the common transport protocol for many web services.
Robert Cringely interviewed Dave Winer (one of the biggest names in the XML world) and he suggested that Microsoft has had a history of resisting the changes that web has brought on the computing world.
Microsoft appears to be spread thin with Vista and the X-Box, and might once again be left behind as more of these little web widgets become mainstream. These businesses might not be as profitable as Office suites and Operating Systems, but these tools generate buzz and developers enjoy making them because they get a chance to be creative. Notice: most popular websites are not complicated, just cool. Maybe this is why so many of the best people are leaving Microsoft for younger companies like Google and Yahoo.
ray cha on December 14, 2005 10:22 AM:
Microsoft might also be preoccupied with their
negotiations to partner with AOL (another player absent in the discussion.)