I hope that my favorite Yahoo! services survive this latest "redirection"
I have been using (and sometimes even enjoying) some Yahoo! services for over a decade now, such as Yahoo! Mail, Yahoo! Movies, Yahoo! Groups, etc., and I am very nervous as to how much longer some of these services will survive with all of Yahoo!'s CEO firings, takeover bids, etc.
All this does is make me grumble in disgust every time that I read in some article or hear in some webcast how the "cloud" is the future and that everything is going to one day be hosted "in the cloud." The few Yahoo! services that I use are a good percentage of the "cloud" services that I really do use, and look what using them has gotten me-- several years of heartburn wondering if those services will still be usable or available after every site upgrade, management change, "new direction," etc., and if I will actually get a chance to migrate my data off of those services if they are ever unceremoniously axed. I still feel burned about the files that I lost when they axed Yahoo! Briefcase a few years ago-- I didn't find out that the service was being discontinued until it already had been. Trusting cloud services from other companies like Google really isn't any better. If you enjoyed services like Google Wave, Google Notebook, Google Base, and/or any of the stuff they just recently shut down with Google Labs, you are also pretty much out in the cold. You are always at the cloud service provider's mercy no matter who they are.
Getting back on topic, I sincerely hope that the management remaining at Yahoo! will somehow start to get its act together. I don't care about their "trajectory for growth" or what possibilities that they happen to be "exploring." I just want them to focus on the services that they already have, keep them working and usable, and stay financially stable enough to "keep the lights on" and keep what they currently have going in operation. They need to focus on what they already do well and really try to excel at that instead of being so envious of what they see as their neighbors' greener lawns. If in the future the Yahoo! board gambles everything that they currently have and devote all of their resources to chase some stupid new Internet fad, inevitably lose against Google or Facebook who got there first, and then in their weakened state either implode or get swallowed by someone else, I am going to be very irate. *sigh*