My Yahoo!

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My Yahoo!
Yahoo! logo.svg
Developer(s) Yahoo
Initial release July 15, 1996; 22 years ago (1996-07-15)[1]
Platform Web browsers
Type Web Gadgets
Website my.yahoo.com

My Yahoo! is a start page or web portal which combines personalized Yahoo! features, content feeds and information. iGoogle[2] was similar to My Yahoo. On September 19, 2013 a tablet oriented redesign was launched. On January 31, 2014, this new version was released.

Applications of MyYahoo[edit]

MyYahoo’s purpose is to have users personalize their pages.[3]

The appearance, layout and content of the main Yahoo homepage is standard, My Yahoo offers customization.[4] On it users can apply themes, add sites, add widgets, rearrange the layout, and add tabs to the page.[5]

A MyYahoo page allows access to almost everything needed on one page. Applications and programs that allow access to social networking, Lottery numbers, a mail aggregator, a news aggregator, gaming applications, etc...[6] The goal is to give people access to everything they're interested in on a single page.

Users are able to link to Yahoo! Answers.[7]

Provides the option to link Yahoo Local. Enabling local search capabilities.[8]

In 2011, they created a mobile app.[9]

RSS features[edit]

  • Yahoo's personalized pages are less specialized than less popular sites. It is more stable[10]
  • It is also one of the fastest RSS readers.[11]
  • 52% of MyYahoo users are aware of RSS tools and 39% use RSS tools.[12]
  • Many websites have a “Add to MyYahoo” button to make adding an RSS feed to MyYahoo simpler.[13]

Comparison to other personalized homepages[edit]

iGoogle was very similar but has been discontinued as of October 14, 2011.

Netvibes is based in Paris, France. Many of the features are similar. It's generally more customizable than My Yahoo.[citation needed]

Criticism[edit]

MyYahoo can't consolidate different feeds resulting in the need for multiple streams.

Since the September 2013 redesign users have complained of numerous issues:

  1. Font size is too large and cannot be changed
  2. Applications are less configurable
  3. Weather app uses auto-locate instead of remembering a specified place
  4. Column resizing is no longer allowed
  5. Forced inclusion of a large Yahoo search bar

On 24 August 2017, many users reported that all RSS feeds stopped working.[14][15][16]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Yahoo! Inc. - Company Timeline". Wayback Machine. 2008-07-13. Archived from the original on 2008-07-13. Retrieved 2016-07-19. 
  2. ^ http://www.informationweek.com/news/internet/google/240003223
  3. ^ Kanalley, Craig. "Yahoo Homepage Goes Social With Facebook-Personalized Streams". Huffington Post. Retrieved 2013-04-18. 
  4. ^ "Difference between Yahoo! homepage and My Yahoo!". Yahoo. Retrieved 2014-04-13. 
  5. ^ "Overview of My Yahoo". Yahoo. Retrieved 2014-04-13. 
  6. ^ "My Yahoo! Blog". My Yahoo. Archived from the original on 2013-05-02. Retrieved 2013-04-18. 
  7. ^ "The Only 7 Things Yahoo Does Better than Google". Marc and Angel Hack Life. Retrieved 2013-04-18.  |first1= missing |last1= in Authors list (help)
  8. ^ "The Only 7 Things Yahoo Does Better than Google". Marc and Angel Hack Life. Retrieved 2013-04-18.  |first1= missing |last1= in Authors list (help)
  9. ^ "My Yahoo! Blog". My Yahoo. Archived from the original on 2013-05-02. Retrieved 2013-04-18. 
  10. ^ Nations, Daniel. "Using MyYahoo as an RSS Reader". About.com. Retrieved 2013-04-18. 
  11. ^ Nations, Daniel. "Using MyYahoo as an RSS Reader". About.com. Retrieved 2013-04-18. 
  12. ^ Grossnickle, Joshua. "RSS—Crossing into the Mainstream" (PDF). marketingsherpa.com. Retrieved 2013-04-18. 
  13. ^ "QUICK TIPS: Quickly browse sites with MyYahoo!'s RSS parser (Mac OS X 10.1 and later)". PorQuest Computing. Retrieved 2013-04-18.  |first1= missing |last1= in Authors list (help)
  14. ^ "No RSS feeds loading". Yahoo! Help Coimmunity. Yahoo!. Retrieved 24 August 2017. 
  15. ^ "RSS feeds not working: Forbes and Wired". Yahoo! Help Community. Yahoo!. Retrieved 24 August 2017. 
  16. ^ "RSS Feeds". Yahoo! Help Community. Yahoo!. Retrieved 24 August 2017. 

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