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Yahoo Please Join OpenSocial: Hey Jerry Yang – Go Social and Get Open Now; It’s all Jelly January 14, 2008

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Jerry:  It’s time to join Open Social.  Now is the time to change the game.  

I’ve been posting a lot on Yahoo recently first on Yahoo at CES and then on their stock performance.  I believe that Yahoo can be a big player in web 2.0 and social networks.  Yahoo can be competitive and might just have the answer in being the next Google-like performing company.  Specifically, Yahoo has already helped pioneer RSS and widgets (with Konfabulator).  Now it’s time for Yahoo to join open social.  Yahoo has the assets to make a difference in web 2.0.

The three things that I would do right now if I were Yahoo:

1) Join OpenSocial immediately – like tomorrow

2) Do a major stock repurchase – joining OpenSocial and going open will cause some stock performance in the short term so it’s no better a time to do a stock buyback. Show everyone you’re in it for the long haul.  Don’t sell.

3) Port all your products to be web 2.0 enabled including social networking environments and data portability.

These three things can propell Yahoo to the front of the line in term of being competitive while delivering user value.   

My prediction:  Yahoo will join OpenSocial.  By joining OpenSocial Yahoo can take advantage of their huge subscribe base, lead the open data movement, and leverage the user behavior trend in social networking and widgets.

It’s the bread and jelly that Yahoo needs. It already has the peanut butter. 

Jerry Yang took over as CEO this past June and announced it here on his blog.

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1. Mike McKinsey - January 14, 2008

Are you saying that Yahoo will be joining open social soon? I agree with you that Yahoo has to join open social. Microsoft became known for embrace and extend and that is Yahoo’s opportunity.

I use Yahoo finance but not much anymore. I get information from all over the web now. Thanks for that peanut butter link. I heard about that but never read the article.

2. iPhone guy - January 15, 2008

google is default search on iPhone .. Google will own mobile web

Great post. Nice angle on yahoo. I don’t know if they can regain their leadership position

Keep these posts coming. I’m enjoying your blog lately.

3. Geekazine - January 15, 2008

Good points. I think Yahoo has a few areas they need to fix. They are definitely going in the wrong direction.

Referencing this in my show notes.

4. Geekazine.com » Blog Archive » Episode 16 11608 - January 16, 2008

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7. Yahoo Joines OpenSocial Per My Blog Post to Jerry Yang :-) « Furrier.org - Business & Technology Blog - March 25, 2008

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9. Lenon - January 9, 2009

Nice angle on yahoo. I don’t know if they can regain their leadership position..


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