Yahoo Sucks More Everyday

I rarely use any Yahoo services anymore. With the exception of delicious and Flickr, which I barely classify as Yahoo services, I simply do not use their “free” apps or services any more. Back in the day I used MyYahoo everyday, mainly for access to their (still) pretty good financial portfolios and research as well as their web based email, which I considered the first really usable on-line email. I also used Yahoo Maps, and experimented with anything they would come out with. For years, I touted Yahoo’s IM instead of ICQ, but as time progressed it became a bloated mess that wanted to own everything I did. As the family’s defacto IT guy, Yahoo IM became more and more of an issue, so I was happy to finally be able to recommend Meebo as soon as that came out.

Google Mail came out and I never looked back. It became the default for my mail, my family’s mail, and my company’s mail. It was a revolution and it made me trust Google even more. I look forward to new Google services and have found them all to be delightfully functional, but that is not the only reason Google kicked Yahoo out of my life.

Today, I tried to use my Yahoo mail as a throwaway to sign up for a service I was unsure of. When I went to the account that I had not visited for several months, my box was filled with Yahoo spam from all kinds of sources. Of course, at the bottom of every one of the emails they sent me, the little disclaimer is right there:

You received this advertisement from Yahoo! because the information for the account jeff.tunnell indicates that Yahoo! may contact you. If you do not want to receive further commercial mailings from Yahoo!, unsubscribe by clicking here. To learn more about Yahoo!’s use of personal information, including the use of web beacons in HTML-based email, please read our Privacy Policy. Yahoo! is located at 701 First Avenue, Sunnyvale, CA 94089.

So I click unsubscribe, and after an interminable amount of time (Yahoo is incredibly slow), my log-in page comes up (I had just logged in five minutes earlier), and up pops this screen:
Yahoo Sucks

I never, ever gave Yahoo permission to spam with this crap. I find it incredibly lame that they feel the need to “opt” me in to this kind of desperate attempt to make money. If this their new direction that Jerry Yang has been touting as the way to head off Microsoft, they are in deep crap.

4 Replies to “Yahoo Sucks More Everyday”

  1. As you say, you don’t use much these days. They have been doing this for a number of years, and once they started spamming three or four years ago, I unchecked all the boxes and they have left me alone since. However, they suck more than words can say, given their persistent “This works great! Let’s improve it until it doesn’t…” attitude. In a few days, they will remove the old “works great” page and force useage of a new “beta” version that doesn’t work at all for me, and I’m certain, doesn’t work well for a number of others, either.

  2. I can’t stomach Yahoo. In my opinion they harm the internet. I hope Microsoft buys Yahoo and they both go to hell in a hand basket.

    I gave up Windows for Linux.

    I gave up Yahoo for Google.

    My computing life is so vastly improved.

  3. I just started switching everything out of yahoo today. The new yahoo homepage is terrible, and not just because I’m not used to it. Their lack of customer service is appalling and the two latest versions of yahoomail have been veeeerrrry slow, full of ads and pop-ups, as well as unresponsive. It’s time to move on. Good bye yahoo. Won’t miss you. =N.R.LaFramboise=

  4. We tried to use Yahoo! shopping cart. It is billed as an easy-to-use solution–which it seems to be. However, cart elements (such as price) were not appearing on web pages. So we tried to call customer service for our paid account, and we found over 12 different calls that these “agents” are kids with NO KNOWLEDGE whatsoever of even basic HTML. They actually told me that notepad-authored HTML files are not compatible with their servers! There is no escalation possibility, and if you ask for another (perhaps more knowledgeable) agent, they will tell you that the other agent will tell the same thing they are telling you–and they refuse to connect you to anyone else. If you ask for a supervisor, they tell you “sure–but that will take 3-5 business days for a callback and the person who will call you back won’t be technical.”

    I never will use any paid Yahoo services again. The company is arrogant, condescending, and staffed with kids who think they’re the be-all-end-all of IT.

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