Given the rumor that today is the day for Yahoo to speak on the pending Microsoft take over, I thought I’d revisit the question I originally asked a year ago. Of the big three, what services do you use from each?
But first, I feel compelled to point out that at this same time last year, Google was being cited as Yahoo’s major obstacle. Now, of course, a partnership with Google is Yahoo’s theoretical last chance at avoiding Microsoft as its new owner.
For whatever reason, my own usage breakdown doesn’t include much of Yahoo. I still don’t use any of Yahoo’s major offerings (meaning: search, email, or advertising). I don’t do this on purpose; it’s just the way my online habits have evolved. I use Google for email (with Microsoft’s Hotmail as my spam account), Google for search (occasionally MSN/Live as my second source, though Ask has been taking that spot lately), and Google for advertising (I’ve played around with Microsoft here too).
But what about all the “web 2.0 / social networking” available from these companies? Well, I use Google’s Picasa over Yahoo’s Flick’r, though I did just start using Yahoo’s del.icio.us. And MyBlogLog (implemented on this site) is a service of Yahoo’s that I use as well. But that’s it: I pretty much use next to nothing from Yahoo other than del.icio.us and MyBlogLog.
I do use a dozen or so of Google’s free online toys and frequently switch between the Google versions of maps, desktop search, and earth and the Microsoft equivalents. For all the supposed “catch up” Microsoft has been doing, its offerings of maps, virtual earth, and desktop search are fairly comparable to those offered by Google (and Microsoft is the only company of the three that knows how to diversify: It’s still busy milking its cash cows of operating system and office suites while making a major move into the gaming / gadget industry with the Xbox, Zune, etc.).
In any event, I’ve never been thrilled by Yahoo. Google and Microsoft, on the other hand, are responsible for a big chunk of my online/tech experience. But, who knows, maybe that will change post Microsoft acquisition of Yahoo.
So what’s your Google / Microsoft / Yahoo usage breakdown?