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Yahoo! Opens Its Website To Third-Party Developers 28

Posted by Soulskill
from the catching-bigger-fish dept.
Matt Asay writes "Yahoo! has taken a step beyond Google by opening up its website and other services to third-party developers, the Wall Street Journal is reporting. 'The efforts ... range from allowing users to search other content — such as classified-ad sites — from within Yahoo Mail to allowing them to access online music download services like that of Amazon.com Inc. from within Yahoo Music ... [as well as] redesigning [Yahoo!'s] home page to make it easier for users to tap these third-party services.' It's a good move toward an open-source web, but still leaves Yahoo! and other cloud-based applications vulnerable to obsolescence, a problem recently examined by ReadWriteWeb, which discussed a few good applications that have disappeared from the web. It's good to see Yahoo! becoming more permeable to outside development, but it would also be nice to see its applications outlive the company's attention span or life span." Yahoo! ran Open Hack 2008 over Friday and Saturday. Coverage will be available soon at their developers page.
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Yahoo! Opens Its Website To Third-Party Developers

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  • Yawho? (Score:1, Informative)

    by symbolset (646467)

    Didn't they used to have a website or something?

    They're not interesting any more. I had some domains with them, but they raised their registrar rate to $35/yr for what costs them very little. They'll probably mention it to somebody one day, but I had to find out on a blog.

    Jack my rates more than triple and not even tell me? See ya!

    • Re:Yawho? (Score:4, Interesting)

      by cmacb (547347) on Sunday September 14, 2008 @01:41PM (#24999359) Homepage Journal

      They're not interesting any more. I had some domains with them, but they raised their registrar rate to $35/yr for what costs them very little. They'll probably mention it to somebody one day, but I had to find out on a blog.

      I had a similar experience. They outsourced almost all the things like this they did. I signed up thinking "I'm going to get top-notch service and support from Yahoo for my domain!" only to find out I was dealing with one California warehouse based ISP after another. Yes the changed vendors from time to time with little notice and when features you used stopped working you just had to deal with it. Now of course you can get a similar service for free from Google. Why would anyone want to still be using Yahoo?

      Oh I was a glutton for punishment from Yahoo, I also got suckered into:

      (1) A Yahoo branded dial-up ISP which mysteriously vanished one day (long ago).

      (2) Yahoo domain registration and web hosting. I got both of these and soon discovered that the only involvement Yahoo had was the distinctive purple logo on the web pages used to sign up for or administer the service (why hadn't learned from my first experience?). Fortunately I was able to get Network Solutions to rescue my domain names from third party hell. Google makes it clear that you are getting your domain name from a third party, and they tell you who it is, and they make it easy to use someone else. What a concept!

      (3) An expensive RIM pager that only worked with a "special" Yahoo service, except it really didn't work at all, was discontinued after a year, leaving you with an expensive conversation piece (or in my case, several of them). I vowed never to do business with Yahoo or RIM again over this. But why did it take me three attempts to learn that as a supplier of services Yahoo was a shit-hole of a company?

      By being the market leader for so long and with the help of suckers like me, Yahoo provided an excellent launching ramp for Google, who only had to pay a bit of attention to its customers to seem like something revolutionary. My only question is: Why is Yahoo taking so long to crash and burn?

      I think Yahoo and Microsoft would make excellent partners. I hope the merger talks are re-awakened and succeed this time. then I have one less company to hate.

  • Yahoo is a joke (Score:4, Interesting)

    by nyet (19118) on Sunday September 14, 2008 @12:31PM (#24998843) Homepage

    Their message board moderation is *fully* automated. It is easy to set up scripts and get posts AND accounts deleted simply by spamming their complaint page. There are no humans at the switch.

  • Stretching Resources (Score:2, Interesting)

    by uniquegeek (981813)

    It just occurred to me that the more companies rely on others to do their programming for them, the fewer developers we have for other projects.

    Is the growth rate of programmers close to the growth rate of available projects? Will more projects spark an interest in programming in some of the population?

    • Will code be available under Affero license? Take it positive, it is a competition for the community and if you don't offer the right licensing conditions, bad luck.

  • by Errtu76 (776778) on Sunday September 14, 2008 @12:50PM (#24998991) Journal

    We! need! more! exclamation! marks! in! their! website!

    I'm! going! to! sign! up! now!

    • Captain! Kirk! Must Date! Green! Alien! Women! In Bikinis!

      Actually, a few pics of that might triple the actual traffic to Yahoo not faked by the Yahoo toolbar bundled with things people actually do want.

  • I welcome this new openness on Yahoo!'s part and hope it will allow me as a user to strip out what I regard as junk [stuff] on Yahoo! Mail's interface.

    All I want from the service is the ability to see what I want, when I want. Is this too much to ask for? I do not think so.

    Coders, point me to the tools I need to get the job done.

    • by e4g4 (533831)
      The tools you're looking for are readily (and freely) available at gmail.com
  • One of the things that I've heard about failed takeover bids is that normally the companies share price goes down immediately after and stays down for a while. However, then it often goes back up to and exceeds the value it had before the takeover. I wonder if a takeover threat isn't a thing which allows companies to reassess where they are coming from and start to seriously thing about what they should be doing. I'm optimistically hoping that Yahoo returns to it's position as an internet leader, pushing
  • Is this the "Yahoo BOSS API" being relaunched, or something else?

  • Opening up a once successful closed system, eh? It worked out so well with Solaris, lifting Sun to the top once again! Racing to the bottom via opening up may help out the will-code-for-food 3rd party developers and stir excitement in the i'm-just-poor-enough-to-use-linux camp, but it will only lead to failure for the company desperate enough to go that direction.
  • really. 3rd party developer = increased usability and reach.

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