Mistakes were made

New York City meets Munich


February 27th, 2003 · No Comments · Uncategorized

If Google is the Gallant of web brands, Yahoo is certainly the Goofus. Every time I am forced to deal with Yahoo, I come away feeling unclean.

No matter how many times I unsubscribe and adjust my marketing settings, Yahoo still manages to send me spam. Giving your email address to Yahoo is like handing your checkbook to your crack addict cousin. Sure, you are told it won’t be abused, but the temptation is simply too great.

If you are thinking about setting up an email list or small community web page, and you are considering using Yahoo Groups, I have one word for you: Don’t. Then I have another word for you: Topica. By using Topica, you won’t force people to sell their souls give their email address to Yahoo.

I was once getting a newsletter from Yahoo GeoCities because someone had registered with a Nosuch email account. I had no way to unsubscribe. I tried and tried. I couldn’t log in to the Yahoo account which was using my email address, so I couldn’t unsubscribe. Yahoo wouldn’t email me the password to log in without additional confirmation. But they had no problem never confirming the email in the first place. If there had been a way to attach a grenade to an email, I would have sent it right to Yahoo. I had to add a script to mail server to bin these newsletters finally. As far as I know, Yahoo is still sending them.

I definitely don’t Yahoo.

People were getting all twitchy when Google bought Pyra, the folks behind Blogger. I’m all for it. Better Google, who has a clue, than Yahoo, who only views its acquisitions as a target to aggresively carpet-bomb with insipid advertising. Imagine if Yahoo had bought Pyra… Remember eGroups? Remember WebRing? Yahoo is sort of like King Midas, except instead of a gold touch, it’s a fecal touch.

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