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Yahoo “Might Be Open” To Letting Google On Homepage

Senior director's comments elicit big "huh?"

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The Yahoo search experience might at some point change in a very surprising way.  That Bing may take over, we’ve come to accept.  But at least one high-ranking Yahoo employee thinks Google could get a shot, too.

Let’s talk about said employee for a moment.  Burke Culligan is the senior director of product planning and strategy over Yahoo’s front page and My Yahoo, so he’s in a good position to discuss significant adjustments.  Also, Culligan’s worked for Yahoo since October of 2005, so it’s not like he’s some newbie who doesn’t know the score.

Judge the next bit for yourself, then.

Joseph Tartakoff reported, "During an update on the status of the home page, Yahoo senior director Burke Culligan told analysts that the company was not opposed to letting users replace Yahoo search with Microsoft’s Bing or even Google."

Culligan apparently explained, "Right now, we’re not doing that but long-term that may not be out of the question.  We want to provide the best experience for the user and, in some way, if that was the best experience for the user we might be open to that."

This led Kit Eaton to speculate that the proposed Microsoft-Yahoo deal is falling apart.  Or perhaps Culligan was talking about what will happen after it expires in ten years.  Regardless, his comments were rather striking, and we’ll keep an ear out for any denials or clarifications that follow.

Yahoo “Might Be Open” To Letting Google On Homepage
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  • http://www.brickmarketing.com/ Nick Stamoulis

    This is nuts, I can understand Yahoo! removing themselves from the search war by siding with Bing/Microsoft, but this is ridiculous…it sounds to me that Yahoo! is really on their way down…

  • Tim

    No wonder Yahoo has lost at everything. The only reason they are even here today was they were one of the first to market and took market share, which is now down tow 14%, or something similar.

  • Guest

    yahoo it (in my opinion) by far the best email client. it also has some other very useful apps and services.
    that’s why at first I told myself “why not do it all with yahoo? that way I waste less time going from place to place”
    everything was perfect except, I have to say the search wasn’t that great. I ended up using yahoo for everything, except for the search (google). so I don’t think Yahoo Search is one of Yahoo’s strongest points. either it should invest in making a new search system, or, I guess falling into the jaws of microsoft or google (just for the search!) is ok.