Saturday, February 10, 2007

Yahoo Mail craps out, stock price sure to continue plunge

I tried selling a lovely chrome light fixture on Craigslist this morning and never received the standard confirmation email to my Yahoo account. I tried again, no email. I went about my day, just got home from the Pistons game and tried once more. Nada.

Then I read this. Yahoo's mail server has been down for over 24 hours now. Spectacular. I'm already using my Gmail account for things deemed "non-spam", so aside from Messenger why would anyone stick with Yahoo? To use Pipes? C'mon.

I know for the youngsters out there "the email" is a thing of the past... but if you check the stats for boomers you'll find it's the #1 thing they do online (and they're the generation with all the money). And if there's one thing I've learned is that you want to stay in business it's probably a good idea to not piss off the largest, wealthiest generation. Hell, even the DJ at the Pistons game tonight knew to mix in "Wild Thing" among the recent hip hop.

Separately but related, I created a Craigslist account and didn't have to wait for a silly confirmation email for my listings to go live. One less use for my Yahoo mail account.

3 comments:

Lee said...

I agree with you, Yahoo is a joke that never has humor. I use gmail and don't have the spam issue nor do I have to worry over if its going to be down when I retrieve my mail. Yahoo is in my opinion useless and ancient and has so many problems and bugs. GO GOOGLE and save the hassles.

Anonymous said...

As a longtime Yahoo! user, I'm afraid I have to agree. My Yahoo! and Yahoo! Mail are both buggy, slow and offer nothing extra compared to their Google counterparts. On the contrary, My Yahoo! 'can make a grown man cry'. Everybody wondering whether they should use Yahoo! or Google: pick Google. It will save you a lot of headaches and time.

Anonymous said...

"Isolated incident"? My a$$. Yahoo! Mail is down again at this moment. Apparently, Yahoo! doesn't need Google to lose customers: they're doing a fine job of driving them away themselves.