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Google's Marissa Mayer Becomes Yahoo! CEO

Soulskill posted more than 2 years ago | from the joining-the-parade dept.

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D H NG writes "Marissa Mayer, Google's employee #20 and Vice President of Local, has been appointed CEO of Yahoo. She was Google's public face for years, famously being responsible for the look and feel of Google's most popular products: the famously unadorned white search homepage, Gmail, Google News and Google Images. Mayer resigned from Google Monday afternoon and will begin her new job on Tuesday."

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Ship is sinking (0, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40667335)

Yep, seems like Google is really starting to drive away its loyal employees like rats from a ship. I guess that's what happens when you start doing evil and putting your advertisers above what should be your actual customers not the product you sell.

Re:Ship is sinking (5, Insightful)

TWX (665546) | more than 2 years ago | (#40667349)

I guess that's what happens when you start doing evil and putting your advertisers above what should be your actual customers not the product you sell.

Huh?

I'm confused. I guess that I didn't understand right, I thought that we users were the product, and the customers were the advertising agencies and companies that pay Google to deliver our views/time to them...

Re:Ship is sinking (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40667359)

No, you understood it right. We should be viewed as the customers not a product. Until Google realizes that, they can go suck eggs and hopefully they'll get slapped with more fines due to abusing people's privacy.

Re:Ship is sinking (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40667393)

Um, the definition of your 'customer' is someone who gives you money. Did you remember to pay the Google bill this month? Didn't think so.

Re:Ship is sinking (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40667589)

I pay the stupid Google bill every time I use their products and I'm getting tired of it. Now I want to stop. So, how do I do that? How can I make sure no information about me ends up on a Google server?

Re:Ship is sinking (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40667399)

No. You see, just like us people eat beef for a living, corporations eat our attention. It's just the way the food chain works.

Re:Ship is sinking (1)

LurkerXXX (667952) | more than 2 years ago | (#40667441)

Are you paying google? If not, it's not surprising, and perfectly natural, that you should be the product.

Never assume they are doing anything for your benifit. They aren't. 'Do no evil' stopped forever when they started having shareholders to answer to.

Re:Ship is sinking (4, Insightful)

garett_spencley (193892) | more than 2 years ago | (#40667609)

Without users Google has no "product" to sell.

There is a distinction that can be drawn between "customer" and "consumer." The average Joe might not be Google's primary "customer" but he is their primary "consumer" ... and without consumers Google is out of business.

It's a total logical fallacy to assume that Google doesn't need to treat their consumers right, and only needs to pander to the people who buy their advertising services. Their advertising services are worth nothing without the consumers, and that makes "us" important (no, essential) to Google's bottom line.

Re:Ship is sinking (0)

Man On Pink Corner (1089867) | more than 2 years ago | (#40667929)

And without farmers the local grocery store has no "product" to sell. That makes us what, lettuce?

Re:Ship is sinking (2)

MobileTatsu-NJG (946591) | more than 2 years ago | (#40667463)

We should be viewed as the customers not a product.

Not if they wish to make money.

Re:Ship is sinking (1)

s73v3r (963317) | more than 2 years ago | (#40667533)

How much do you pay for Gmail? For Google Search?

I'm guessing the advertisers give Google a lot more money than you do.

Re:Ship is sinking (4, Funny)

Sarten-X (1102295) | more than 2 years ago | (#40667475)

No, no, no... it's gotta be all about me! Every company exists to serve me, and me alone! If those big companies aren't pleasing me, they're wrong and evil!

</sarcasm>

Re:Ship is sinking (5, Interesting)

Billly Gates (198444) | more than 2 years ago | (#40667515)

If there is no product left you are screwed. Yahoo is not Google either and is less aggressive in marketing and advertising.

What I really see is from the security scandal and many many other problems including spammers taking over, and feature rott, are all a sign of a lack of vision and people just giving a damn about their products. Their products reak, porn spammers even go into the children's chat rooms for crying out loud and spam every 1 minute! I am not talking about a one time thing, but they have been doing that for over 10 years! I quit using Yahoo right around then with chat.

Their IM program is malware ladden and slows down older computers and has people randomly friending and spamming you, again no one gives a shit at Yahoo and I use Digsby for my Yahoo client now.

They could have taken on Google in 2002 with an improved search engine. They could have taken on Skype with improved video as they did have some of it workign and calling in YahooIM 5 years ago at least. They could have got rid of all the porn spammers and made Yahoo chat a must have thing rather than letting AOL and then MSN steal this market.

In comparison Google and even Microsoft quickly fix things and are always at least trying to compete and outdo companies like Skype. No one cares and it is just a boring day job with no passion left. This new CEO needs to excite her employees and fire QA and security people and provide a vision for improvments.

Do this and we the product shall return.

Re:Ship is sinking (2)

Dahamma (304068) | more than 2 years ago | (#40667745)

Their IM program is malware ladden and slows down older computers and has people randomly friending and spamming you, again no one gives a shit at Yahoo and I use Digsby for my Yahoo client now.

It's sad, Yahoo Messenger used to be their best product (and their mail was pretty solid, too). I understand they are free, and would be fine with a few ads. But as you said both of them are now completely stuffed with (totally irrelevant at best, borderline sleazy/offensive/phishing/scam at worst) ads. And UI-wise their mail client is now approaching unusable.

I *wanted* to stick with Yahoo, but it was like they were actively trying to drive me away. I'm almost surprised they have not yet figured out which genres of music I hate most and automatically play them in the background when I log in...

Re:Ship is sinking (1)

Billly Gates (198444) | more than 2 years ago | (#40667817)

The ads are not the worst more than randomly people Iming you with hey look at my titties at www.horneyforflies.com. They try to friend you once an hour from compromised accounts.

Seriously this is negligent as kids use IM programs. No one cares and you can now forget about me using it at work. I would be fired fast. They have no one doing any checking other than yep we have an IM client, lets go work on Yahoo360 instead and let it rot. Very similar to SCO, Bordland, and a whole bunch of other companies.

Google would stop you so damn fast if you tried a scam with Google's voice and found a weakness. The Andriod Yahoo mail vulnerability is another one. Yahoo just shrugs their shoulders.

Is this a company I want to do business with? Hell no. I do banking on my computer

Re:Ship is sinking (0)

miltonw (892065) | more than 2 years ago | (#40667643)

If. You. Don't. Like. Google. Then. Don't. Use. It.

Oh, and stop whining all the time, 'K pumpkin?

Re:Ship is sinking (2)

ackthpt (218170) | more than 2 years ago | (#40667659)

Yep, seems like Google is really starting to drive away its loyal employees like rats from a ship. I guess that's what happens when you start doing evil and putting your advertisers above what should be your actual customers not the product you sell.

I thought that was Yahoo's specialty. I stopped using Yahoo years ago due to the glut of advertising in everything to the point I felt Yahoo was becoming unusable.

Her profile picture... (0)

TWX (665546) | more than 2 years ago | (#40667337)

Ya HOOO....

Re:Her profile picture... (-1, Flamebait)

tompaulco (629533) | more than 2 years ago | (#40667445)

Ya HOOO....
Yeah, looks like she was pretty hot like 10, 15 years ago.

Re:Her profile picture... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40667809)

With her millions of dollars?

She looks damn hot now.

Re:Her profile picture... (0)

Nadaka (224565) | more than 2 years ago | (#40667459)

Yes.

She is a hottie.

Who is very financially successful.

And an engineer who writes code.

Tell me she plays video games and likes to cook too.

Re:Her profile picture... (0, Offtopic)

dubbreak (623656) | more than 2 years ago | (#40667539)

Yes.

She is a hottie.

Who is very financially successful.

And an engineer who writes code.

Tell me she plays video games and likes to cook too.

Yep she loves video games and is definitely a foodie who can cook.

Only downside is that she has a sarlacc where here vulva should be.

Re:Her profile picture... (3, Funny)

TWX (665546) | more than 2 years ago | (#40667621)

Only downside is that she has a sarlacc where here vulva should be.

An Original Sarlacc, or a Special Edition Sarlacc?

Re:Her profile picture... (2)

Nadaka (224565) | more than 2 years ago | (#40667923)

In that case, I'll get my Boba Fett costume and make it a party.

So, she used up all her creativy (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40667365)

Now yahoo hires her?
Whats the odds on another failure, and a $40 million parachute in 1 year?

yahoo might actually have a chance now (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40667367)

a slim one, but better than what theyve had. classic case study in how not to run a business

Re:yahoo might actually have a chance now (3, Insightful)

masternerdguy (2468142) | more than 2 years ago | (#40667407)

Yahoo! simply has nowhere to go. They've been out innovated in everything and their original purpose, human indexed websites, is no longer relevant to the world. Anything Yahoo! does, Google or Microsoft can do better.

Re:yahoo might actually have a chance now (2)

ackthpt (218170) | more than 2 years ago | (#40667711)

Yahoo! simply has nowhere to go. They've been out innovated in everything and their original purpose, human indexed websites, is no longer relevant to the world. Anything Yahoo! does, Google or Microsoft can do better.

The question is .. do they still have enough money and desire to innovate? They could yet dig themselves out of the hole, but it requires getting the company to be a great place to work, attracting brilliant, energetic minds to create. If all Yahoo are is a company of cowering cubicle moles, trying not to be noticed and whacked, there's not much she or anyone can do.

Seems like a funny choice (5, Insightful)

joeflies (529536) | more than 2 years ago | (#40667369)

She spent her time working at a company that has a good product and a pretty solid streak of good years.

Yahoo is stuck with lots of products that nobody wants anymore and flailing to find what to cut and what to keep. Those kinds of decisions are much more difficult that riding a rocket like Google's last decade. CEOs who turn around failing companies are not pragmatic technologists or engineers, but either cutthroats or visionaries with a killer instinct.

Re:Seems like a funny choice (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40667437)

I've. Heard from people who have served under her that she is a talentless bitch, and was kept as the "token woman".

If all that is true, she's the perfect Yahoo! CEO.

Re:Seems like a funny choice (2)

moderatorrater (1095745) | more than 2 years ago | (#40667669)

As trustworthy as ACs usually are, I doubt that a "token woman" would make it to VP level.

Re:Seems like a funny choice (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40667709)

There are legions of them. Many are reaching the C-level offices now

Re:Seems like a funny choice (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40667799)

I heard that both Larry and Sergey tapped her.

Keep in mind, at the moment of climax, people occasionally scream "yahoo!". Nobody ever screams "google!" (Although one girl did ask me if I needed to "google [her] clit").

Re:Seems like a funny choice (0)

mrmeval (662166) | more than 2 years ago | (#40667497)

She's a rat jumping a ship caught in a maelstrom of it's own inebriation for one that's just caught in a whirlpool. If she makes careful yet bloody use of the ax of benevolent love and righteousness she will do ok.

Re:Seems like a funny choice (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40667541)

Wow, that's some awful writing. Truly cringeworthy metaphors and you can't tell its from it's. Your post was like getting an icepick in my eye.

Re:Seems like a funny choice (5, Funny)

Ryanrule (1657199) | more than 2 years ago | (#40667575)

Like a house of cards. Checkmate!

Re:Seems like a funny choice (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40667605)

I thought rats jumped off the sinking ships, not on them...

12 year old blond heads up sinking ship (-1, Troll)

gelfling (6534) | more than 2 years ago | (#40667371)

She hit the glass ceiling and left.

significant technical background: will it help? (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40667377)

From wikipedia:

Mayer received her B.S. in symbolic systems, graduating with honors, and M.S. in Computer Science from Stanford University. For both degrees, she specialized in artificial intelligence. In 2009, the Illinois Institute of Technology granted Mayer an honoris causa doctorate degree honoring her pathfinding work in the field of search.

I wonder if having someone with a technical clue (as opposed to a mindless MBA) will actually help yahoo, if they're beyond help at this point.

Re:significant technical background: will it help? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40667397)

yahoo, if they're beyond help at this point.

I meant to write, "OR if they're beyond help..."

It's worth a shot... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40667385)

Marissa Mayer, Will you marry me?

Re:It's worth a shot... (0)

MobileTatsu-NJG (946591) | more than 2 years ago | (#40667417)

You're really hoping she goes for balding overweight IT professionals with posters of Slave Leia in their room, huh.

Re:It's worth a shot... (1, Funny)

tompaulco (629533) | more than 2 years ago | (#40667701)

Her husband probably won't allow it.

Re:It's worth a shot... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40667869)

Is he cool with it if I stand in the corner and rub one out while he fucks her?

Non-compete? (2)

Trapick (1163389) | more than 2 years ago | (#40667389)

I'm curious if she had a non-compete clause in her contract, and how it will all work out if she does. Any Google employees who know the details on their typical contracts?

Re:Non-compete? (3, Insightful)

mpoulton (689851) | more than 2 years ago | (#40667449)

I'm curious if she had a non-compete clause in her contract, and how it will all work out if she does. Any Google employees who know the details on their typical contracts?

No matter what's in a typical Google contract, hers is certainly different. She was a top-level executive for some time, then one rung down the ladder. She has hundreds of millions of dollars. There's no way she agreed to disadvantageous terms.

Re:Non-compete? (5, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40667493)

Since both companies are based in California, and California forbids non-compete clauses, no such clause is applicable.

Now she could be sued for use of trade secrets, that is, if she ever does, but just going to work for Yahoo is not illegal for her.

Re:Non-compete? (4, Insightful)

micheas (231635) | more than 2 years ago | (#40667683)

IANAL but my understanding is that non-compete clauses are binding in California if you are compensated for your lost opportunities (not just your lost income, but lost business opportunities as well.).

The compensation requirement makes enforceable non-compete clauses very rare in California

Re:Non-compete? (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40667519)

Does Yahoo compete?

Re:Non-compete? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40667595)

Non-compete contracts are basically un-enforcable in California. They're really only of help to deep-pocket organizations who want to harrass under-funded startups and small businesses who couldn't afford a fight. I doubt Google will fight Yahoo on this one.

Re:Non-compete? (1)

s73v3r (963317) | more than 2 years ago | (#40667607)

Such clauses are not worth the paper they're written on in California. Which is a good thing, as no company should be able to have any say whatsoever on what you do after you've left their employ.

best thing to happen to Yahoo (5, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40667391)

That is the best thing to happen to Yahoo in a long time. She's significantly more competent than the previous CEO, and has more knowledge of tech companies than the one before that. She has some serious challenges, but she could change the worst parts of culture at Yahoo (which is currently driving away top talent).

She did a couple [wsj.com] interviews [wsj.com] lately, if you want to know more about her.

Bio and more links here [wsj.com] .

Re:best thing to happen to Yahoo (3, Insightful)

Billly Gates (198444) | more than 2 years ago | (#40667473)

She has 0 CEO experience.

In a case like this you need a rockstar CEO who is top rated and has a proven track record as Yahoo is not stable right now.

Re:best thing to happen to Yahoo (2)

ThatsMyNick (2004126) | more than 2 years ago | (#40667665)

Wallstreet expects a rockstar CEO with solid track record. Employees on the other hand, need someone like Mayer to lead them. She has solid technical experience and has has proved to a good leader. I would definitely love to work in a company led by her.

Re:best thing to happen to Yahoo (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40667833)

And it doesn't sound like she was being groomed for any more promotions at Google. Basically a psychology major who was in the right place at the right time, she did well for herself at Google. I doubt this will change Yahoo's future.

ROFL! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40667865)

Maybe you should apply for the job then, "Billy" Gates.

ROFL!

Good luck, Yahoo! (1)

mholve (1101) | more than 2 years ago | (#40667413)

It Mayer Mayer not work out... :D

Cupcakes? (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40667421)

Her life outside of Google, including her posh penthouse in the Four Seasons in San Francisco and her affinity for cupcakes, has also been popular Internet fodder.

Cupcakes? I knew there'd be some cuts [youtube.com] coming :)

No 2 week notice? (1)

cpu6502 (1960974) | more than 2 years ago | (#40667425)

Wow. "Okay boss I'm done here. Bye!"

Re:No 2 week notice? (2)

micheas (231635) | more than 2 years ago | (#40667561)

Welcome to California.

She has been raising her public profile a lot in the last 12 months so her quitting after a couple lateral "promotions" is not really unexpected.

The surprise is that the Yahoo board did not snag Elop for his ability to build Yahoo's partnership with Microsoft. That would have been typical Yahoo board behavior.

Re:No 2 week notice? (1)

ClickOnThis (137803) | more than 2 years ago | (#40667647)

California is an "employment-at-will" state. If there is no contract of employment, then either the employer or the employee can terminate without notice or reason.

Of course, there are laws that protect employees from unlawful dismissal, but generally the burden of proof of violation is with the employee.

Re:No 2 week notice? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40667687)

Yes, but there is still such a thing as courtesy. Not that she'll have trouble looking for work in the future, but this can sometimes bite you in the ass if someone from your old company is at a company you want to work for, and they share your abrupt exit.

Re:No 2 week notice? (-1, Flamebait)

Ryanrule (1657199) | more than 2 years ago | (#40667751)

What are you, 5 years old?

Re:No 2 week notice? (1)

sexconker (1179573) | more than 2 years ago | (#40667871)

What are you, 5 years old?

What are you, 15 years old?
Why you grow up and get a real job, and then want a better job, you'll do well to not burn any fucking bridges.

2 weeks notice is the absolute minimum considered acceptable for any job beyond flipping and frying things.
If you flake out on an employer it will follow you to your next employer.

Re:No 2 week notice? (1)

larry bagina (561269) | more than 2 years ago | (#40667917)

All the companies I've worked for (in at-will states) would cut some benefits without the proper notice (like cashing out vacation/sick time).

Don't you wish your CEO was hot like theirs? (1)

Trashcan Romeo (2675341) | more than 2 years ago | (#40667427)

I'd query that.

Re:Don't you wish your CEO was hot like theirs? (2)

winkydink (650484) | more than 2 years ago | (#40667549)

I'd query that.

Too bad it will return zero results. :)

Re:Don't you wish your CEO was hot like theirs? (1)

sexconker (1179573) | more than 2 years ago | (#40667905)

I'd query that.

INSERT INTO CEO (P_ID)
Values (1179573)
GO;

DELETE FROM CEO
WHERE P_ID = 1179573
GO;

INSERT INTO CEO (P_ID)
Values (1179573)
GO;

DELETE FROM CEO
WHERE P_ID = 1179573
GO;

INSERT INTO CEO (P_ID)
Values (1179573)
GO;

INSERT INTO Offspring (Parent_A_ID, Parent_B_ID)
OH SHIT OH SHIT

Ashamed of this site (3, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40667457)

I would kindly refer everyone here to geekfeminism.org since all those sexist comments are awful, you should be better than that.

Re:Ashamed of this site (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40667915)

Don't bother clicking that link, it's exactly what it says but with no pics of sexy geeky chicks.

Re:Ashamed of this site (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40667941)

Hmm. They should hire a new CEO, somebody with some hustle.

Good luck Marissa (5, Interesting)

circletimessquare (444983) | more than 2 years ago | (#40667479)

Nobody expects Yahoo to return to its glory years, but if you can right the ship and steer it to stability, consider it a success. Aim high by shooting low.

Re:Good luck Marissa (1)

Tough Love (215404) | more than 2 years ago | (#40667581)

Aim high by shooting low.

But why aim directly for your foot?

Back to products hopefully! (5, Insightful)

njyx (1433253) | more than 2 years ago | (#40667485)

Lots of the press is focused on the fact she's a woman CEO - but more important is she's been one of Google's #1 product people since really early on. Hopefully it'll actually make Yahoo focus on product again and get away from the "audience" focus. Larry and Sergei probably not happy campers right now...!

Re:Back to products hopefully! (2)

Tough Love (215404) | more than 2 years ago | (#40667551)

Googlers are going to be awfully happy she's out. Larry's ex squeeze in case anyone doesn't know.

Re:Back to products hopefully! (1)

njyx (1433253) | more than 2 years ago | (#40667685)

Yep - I guess she had a lot of power at Goog (for good and bad reasons!)

She's actually attractive! (0, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40667487)

I was expecting a beast like that harridan who runs Ebay now, or used to, the one with a face like a shovel, but this bird's quite attractive! I wouldn't mind her being my boss!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marissa_Mayer

She looks nice there!

Just goes to show how important physical attractiveness is - I bet 99% of the men here would work harder for a really attractive female boss, than the butt ugly female bosses you've had in the past. (And let's be honest - I bet ALL of the female bosses you've ever had, have had faces like a welder's bench, or a bagful of spanners. With a body to match.)

Eugenics for the win!

Re:She's actually attractive! (1)

Tough Love (215404) | more than 2 years ago | (#40667563)

Oh yeah, that's totally what's needed to pull Yahoo back from the brink.

Re:She's actually attractive! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40667901)

don't worry.. I'm sure you're a disgusting piece of shit.. and obviously have a personality to match. So she, like all women, would never so much as look at you.

Re:She's actually attractive! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40667965)

Every female middle manager I've ever known has been fat and dumpy. And, no, it's not because they're older or had kids.

Re:She's actually attractive! (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40667997)

I've worked for female bosses who were randomized across the ugly--beautiful and incompetent--competent scales. I want my boss to be competent. She's my boss, not a potential wife or fuck-mate.

To: Yahoo employees (1)

CHK6 (583097) | more than 2 years ago | (#40667495)

Prepare for major restructuring, business unit realignment, and lay-offs. Every CEO rearranges the company in their own image and Yahoo's image does not match Marissa's image and barely makes money.

So it's time to select and find sacrafices to be offered to save your rear.

She's Married, Boys (1)

SternisheFan (2529412) | more than 2 years ago | (#40667509)

Born Marissa Ann Mayer May 30, 1975 (age 37) Wausau, Wisconsin, USA Residence San Francisco, Palo Alto Nationality American Alma mater Stanford University Occupation President & CEO, Yahoo! [1] Computer programming instructor, Stanford University Employer Yahoo Stanford University Board member of San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco Ballet, New York City Ballet, and Cooper–Hewitt, National Design Museum [2] Spousehttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marissa_Mayer Zachary Bogue (2009–present) [3] (from Wikipedia)

Re:She's Married, Boys (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40667737)

So what, I'm not looking for a girlfriend.

Re:She's Married, Boys (1)

Nexion (1064) | more than 2 years ago | (#40667981)

Wow, so you are one of the other guys that actually reads a woman's profile before commenting. Good to meet you. :P

I know why (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40667521)

She's sees a sinking ship, so she is going to dump it for short term profits, before another CEO can take advantage of the opportunity. Good luck on the pilfering!

Whoa! (1)

Tough Love (215404) | more than 2 years ago | (#40667535)

Whoa, the worst Google executive gets parachuted into Yahoo, is that some kind of strategy? A finishing move? Better cupcakes in the Yahoo cafeteria, if they even have one any more?

simple solution (1)

CheshireDragon (1183095) | more than 2 years ago | (#40667781)

or maybe it isn't so simple. correct me if I am wrong, BUT
if you don't click the ads on their sites they don't get a chunk of change from the advertisers. In turn the advertisers don't get paid because we are not clicking on ads and buying the stuff which means they will pull their ads because they are not successful. SOOOO, IF we stop clicking on the ads and buying the stuff, these companies will start to lose money and realize that we are not the product....right? or something like that?

Time For Something New (1)

Linux_amateur (2685669) | more than 2 years ago | (#40667787)

Compared to the clowns that have run Yahoo to date, Marissa Mayer is a breath of fresh air. Yahoo needs a strategic person on top. Yahoo ran in front of the crowd with many features that were not monetized. Best financial section in the early days but they hid the link on the home page, moved it around and almost seemed embarrassed about it. In late 1990's every VC I knew went to Yahoo fist for news. They had an outstanding online merchant system again late 1990's that anyone could use to set up web sales. They even took care of setting the credit card merchant account details. I was blown away on how many early online sales were powered by their system. They even had phone support, all for less than $20/month. They were more that five years ahead of Amazon. If they could of put all those companies under their banner as Amazon now does that one feature alone could have made the company. If Ms. Mayer can focus on one to two areas, get good people to help her execute, Yahoo could come back. There are still many smart technical people at Yahoo. I wish her the best of luck. With Alta Vista (DEC) and Excite ancient history, it would be nice to have Yahoo along with Apple as two early pioneers still around.

You insensitive clods! (1)

PPH (736903) | more than 2 years ago | (#40667861)

"Marissa" was my Yahoo! password. Now you've gone and leaked it!

slashdot shows its sexism (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40667867)

a person becomes CEO of a large company and everyone here either:

-dumps on the company
-dumps on the new CEO
-talks about her attractiveness or lack thereof
-acts like it's a blessing that a woman can code

Hey the 50s called...

Re:slashdot shows its sexism (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40667933)

a person becomes CEO of a large company and everyone here either:

-dumps on the company
-dumps on the new CEO

These aren't sexist, and slashdot does it to just about everyone no matter what gender.

-talks about her attractiveness or lack thereof

It's sexist to assume "her" here. I wonder how much has been said about Donald Trump's hair?

-acts like it's a blessing that a woman can code

Now that IS sexist, and about par for the course for slashdot (we were trolls before 4chan made it popular)

In related news... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40667881)

Paul Allen appointed CEO of Apple. And Eduardo Saverin to take over MySpace.

Trade Secrets? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40667893)

Isn't PageRank a Google trade secret and wasn't Marissa VP of Search for a while?

Yahoo better erect a firewall between CEO and Search if they don't want to get sued.

No Non-compete with Google? (1)

n7ytd (230708) | more than 2 years ago | (#40667897)

Two possible outcomes:
1. As soon as she turns the ship around and brings Yahoo! above water, Google sues or acquires them as settlement for using her knowledge of Google's trade secrets.

2. Yahoo! continues to circle the drain and she rides to the bottom, bravely staying with the ship and is barely able to console herself with the Yahoo trademarked Obscenely Huge Golden Parachute of Doom.

She was unappreciated at Google (1)

modmans2ndcoming (929661) | more than 2 years ago | (#40667903)

After the reorganization once Larry took over and Marissa was left with Google Local I think the writing was on the wall and she was just looking for the right opportunity .

Yahoo employees rejoice (0)

markov_chain (202465) | more than 2 years ago | (#40667939)

Office hours from now on shall be 9-5!

How lucky did Google get... win win. (0)

rtilghman (736281) | more than 2 years ago | (#40667945)

Google's experience is awful, they've never been able to successfully launch a "finished" or integrated product offering, and their only source of revenue CONTINUES to be search driven advertising. In one move they guaranteed that Yahoo will never successfully resurface to challenge them and unloaded a decent looking (pretty is a strong word technopeople, you need to get out more) loadstone who (from what I've heard) consistently brow beat and bullied people smarter and better than herself in their own field of expertise.

For god's sake, if their search isn't depressing enough LOOK AT GOOGLE+! Awful, a travesty, and they've had to steal ideas from Microsoft as they seek to innovate! HA!

Poor Yahoo... Scott Thompson was actually a guy who knew how to make money and had successfully run something, this is not the "google in a bottle" you thought you were getting. Yahoo just got put on a 24 month deathwatch.

rt

Re:How lucky did Google get... win win. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40667995)

For god's sake, if their search isn't depressing enough LOOK AT GOOGLE+! Awful, a travesty, and they've had to steal ideas from Microsoft as they seek to innovate! HA!

For contrast, look at Yahoo! Finance message boards. 99% spam from the same series of spambots, and not one of Y!'s employees has the clue to write a simple Bayesian filter for things like well-known URL shorteners, DOMAINSINALLCAPS, and cascades of replies from "people" who say nothing more than "I am from $CITYNAME. I like your article".

I'm always amazed that Google Finance never really beat Yahoo Finance on its own terms; for reasons inexplicable to me, too many people stuck around at Y!, even though its own users acknowledge the Yahoo finance boards to be an utter cesspool of spam and trolls. The retail investing community represents a lot of folks with disposable income, and they'll click like monkeys on every. single. post. for fear of missing useful commentary.

It's really a shame... (1)

erp_consultant (2614861) | more than 2 years ago | (#40667991)

I remember when Yahoo first came out. Best search engine, best free email, best chat client, best portal. Then they stagnated. Google and Microsoft swoop in and all of a sudden Yahoo is an afterthought. I've still got a yahoo email account but hardly ever use it. When I did I got much more spam that real mail. Since I switched to gmail I get hardly any spam. With either Bing or Google the search results are better. What happened to Yahoo? Totally left in the dust. Meyer hasn't got a chance to save them and she knows it. It will be a stepping stone to a CEO job at another firm. Meanwhile the Yahoo shareholders take it in the shorts again. Sigh.....
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