Yahoo Strip Mining Google Answers


I have to admit I really love this move by Yahoo, sending out an open invitation to all the researchers google sent packing when they closed Google answers yesterday. See Yahoo: Got Answers and Nowhere to Share Them?

So, this is an open invitation for those researchers to join us. Please consider sharing your knowledge with millions of people on Yahoo! Answers; connect with users with shared interests; get answers to all your questions; and help build the world's most vibrant and trusted community.

The folks who are researchers and information specialists have been at this longer than us, and there's a lot we can learn from you. We've set up a Yahoo! Group for former Google Answers Researchers and we'd prefer that one of the exGARs help moderate the group.

Finally, we're also going to be meeting up with some of the most prolific Yahoo! Answers users here at the Sunnyvale campus on Wednesday, December 13. And we'd like Google Answers researchers to join us, tell us what you think and get to know what we're doing here. Please drop us a line!


poaching = hustle

i'm all about poaching great contributors from other defunct communities. or even active communities. get the good ones while you can, and good on ya, yahoo.

but their choice of anchor text and landing pages to advertise this new, sharky initiative?

needs some work, IMHO.

case in point:

their paragraph describing how their community is doing well uses the anchor "thrive" and shoots you to the page "how do you explain war and death to a five year old".

fuck. that'll take the wind right out of your sails.

if i was a normal user and not a competitive webmaster and overall online junkie, i wouldn't even have the fortitude to click on the next link, "grow", which sends me off to an oprah page.

fucking oprah? really? not that she needs the eyeballs, but still interesting to see her participating in the community. and nice to see her raising money for charities - good work.

in summary, i support yahoo poaching ex-google answers contributors. but if you're going to do so, at least point interested parties at something fun. explaining "war and death to a five year old" might be edifying, but it's hardly motivating for a wider audience.

finally, oprah can kiss my ass. she with her billions should be making like bill gates and warren buffett with the charity, not $1K at a time. clean it up, lady.

Is it just me or ...

Is just me that thinks that Yahoo is kind of playing a catch up game on the social networking and what not scene, having pretty much destroyed Geocities years ago?

While they did appear to have a problem with warez and pron sites popping up at the time, it's probably the nature of having a semi-open sign up process, they had many very vibrant communities that would have wolfed down all of the questions on the q/a site, and spit out lots of great, insightful answers.

Just my 2cents. I'm not bitter or anything, lol. I am just one of those folks that got a great lead in to the internet via Geocities/Beverly Hills Internet before it changed hands... Then got the shaft when they killed my community and my web site. (And yes, I did get a community site of the month for my work there, lol. - Woot -)

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