February 18, 2007 8:15pm CST
i love yahoo i get mail from it it is so cool i also use their insent messeging service a lot of my friends have it. my cousins have yahoo and they showed me all the cool things it can do and then i signed up for it
19 Feb 07
Why Yahoo is Good? Yahoo does many things right: Yahoo's home page has an average download time of 3.0 seconds according to the Keynote performance index. This is one of the fastest download times among major websites, even though it is still three times slower than required for optimal hypertext usability. The page design is a model of minimalist design: plain and simple HTML that will render correctly in even the oldest browser. Based on hypertext with links, links, and more links everywhere you turn. Leveraging the connected nature of the Web and the many other sites rather than trying to do everything themselves. Yahoo's city guides are a prime example: they link to the best local content in each city - richer than anything that could be built from scratch. Highly structured navigation system that emphasizes context and a hierarchical information architecture (not that hierarchies are the only possible information architecture, but they are easy to understand and represent in the interface). Integration between search and navigation: when you search, the hits are shown relative to their location in the topic hierarchy. Some design critics say that Yahoo is boring, but the simplicity has its own elegance, even if it doesn't win design awards. In fact, design awards are rarely given to those designs that work best in real use. The real reason Yahoo is so successful is that it embraces the new medium and designs for its strengths rather than fighting its weaknesses. So, since Internet bandwidth is very limited, Yahoo emphasizes a slim design and forgets about emulating television or glossy magazines. Instead, they base their primary service on giving people good links: the fundamental innovation of the Web (and earlier hypertext systems) relative to other media. Web managers often discuss whether to allow links to other websites, with some claiming that outbound links involve a risk of losing users who move to other sites instead of dutifully staying where they are. One counter-argument is that users are going to leave anyway, but that they will return if they are given good service in the form of valuable links. Another counter-argument is that the most popular site on the Web built its service on nothing but outbound links. Problems Ahead for Yahoo As more services get added to Yahoo's home page, the page risks being confusing and overwhelming. It's not bad yet, but beware. Complaints about missing listings are legion: lots of good sites are not listed on Yahoo. The manual classification that was Yahoo's original strength seems to have difficulty scaling to match the ever-faster growth of the Web. Yahoo's search technology is very primitive: The search hitlist used to work but the design is insufficient to cope with the increasing size of the database and the associated growth in search hits Mistype a single character, and you won't find anything Unless you think of the exact keywords used to describe a site, you won't find it: there seems to be no use of the database structure to form a semantic model of the term space and go beyond simple keyword matching The integration between the search of the primary Yahoo directory and the back-up search engine is very poor There are no quality ratings to guide users to the good sites first: many of the categories in Yahoo have hundreds of listings, so how are people to know where to start? The topic hierarchy gets harder to navigate as it gets larger. Even though cross-reference links are used to good effect to alleviate this problem, usability will ultimately suffer unless better classification methods are discovered. Statements from Yahoo executives indicate that Yahoo refuses to think of itself as being primarily a search-and-navigation aide to help users go elsewhere as fast as possible. Moving beyond your roots is always difficult, but downplaying the exact reason users come to your site seems outright reckless. What You Can Learn From Yahoo People from many companies are attempting to build their own "mini-Yahoo" as an entry-point to their intranet or other large collection of Web information. This is a good idea, and improved intranet navigation can save millions of dollars in most large companies. In building a "mini-Yahoo", remember the strengths I listed above. Emphasize speed, structure, clean navigation, and an integration between search and the topic hierarchy. Also make sure to build a classification hierarchy that matches your users' view of the information space rather than your own internal model. Avoid Yahoo's mistakes: allocate editorial resources to maintain the site and keep it meticulously up-to-date, buy the best search you can find, and make sure to emphasize high-quality or recommended information. Finally, do the research to discover users' goals and design the service to support these goals and not the things you think users ought to want. You can also use Yahoo's statistics to calculate the ranking of your own site relative to the rest of the Internet
19 Feb 07
I know what you mean about Yahoo. I've been using it for almost as many years as I've been on the internet. I love how Yahoo is available in many different countires, and many different languages, including Russian, where a different alphabet is used.