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Yahoo Goes Into Garage Sale Mode

Sells Contests.com, tosses Yahoo Gallery

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Sometimes you just want to get rid of stuff, and Yahoo seems to be in that mindset right now.  Yesterday, the Sunnyvale-based company arranged to exchange one domain for a little bit of money and also decided to simply shut down another project.

Yahoo Gallery is the still-in-beta service that will cease to exist in the near future; a message posted on the homepage gives it until July 14th.  Yahoo isn’t directly promoting any other site as a replacement (Yahoo Gallery was designed to showcase applications with ties to Yahoo products, by the way), but users have at least been provided with a way of saving their work.

Yahoo Gallery Shutting Down Text
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The closure, as you can see from the above screenshot, will come as a result of "reprioritizing."

As for the property that got sold, Contests.com was the domain name and $380,000 was its price.  Both Larry Fischer and MG Siegler noted that this sum seems rather low for such a premium-sounding site.  Fischer even added, "My question for Yahoo is WHAT WERE YOU THINKING SELLING THIS NAME?"

Taken together, these developments are somewhat reminiscent of the GeoCities situation.

Yahoo’s at least making a quick job of cleaning out the corporate closet, though.

Yahoo Goes Into Garage Sale Mode
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  • RJ

    “Sometimes you just want to get rid of stuff, and Yahoo seems to be in that mindset right now.”

    Yes, they are. Unfortunately it’s their customers that they wish to rid themselves of.

    http://www.ymessengerblog.com/blog/2009/01/28/im-sms-in-yahoo-mail-classic/

    In the interim of this mess email sent to me was returned to my friends with “permanent fatal errors”, etc. I don’t know if this still occurs, because I left and discontinued using them… forever.

    If you wish to use the slowest email sever on the planet, choose yahoo. After 12 years I switched to gmail.

    With all of yahoo’s stupid decisions of the last few years (ie: closing yahoo auctions to team up w/ebay, the basis of this article, classic email and too many other mistakes to count), I imagine they will be a thing of the past in no time.

    Too bad… yahoo used to be great.

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    When yahoo knows it’s not working, peoples are not using it, or have flaws… what we can do then?

  • http://blogtoread.com/ Cell Phone blogger

    I have to agree, Yahoo used to be great. And all this could have been avoided if the “leaders” of the company would have taken Microsoft’s more than generous, almost insanely high offer.

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