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Yahoo!: We Could Use Google or Bing Search

Lately Yahoo! has been adding more and more third party tools to its website. Be it Facebook, Twitter or the ability to check your non-Yahoo! email accounts, the company is definitely opening things up. However, one thing we didn't expect was that the company would consider letting users choose an alternate search engine from the Yahoo! homepage.

Back in August Yahoo! CEO Carol Bartz surprised a lot of people when she said her company "was never a search company." Despite having 20 percent of the search market, Bartz insisted, "her fortunes are tied to her pages," and it seems she's not the only Yahoo! who thinks so. This week senior director Burke Culligan said having other search engines on the Yahoo! homepage "may not be out of the question."

“Right now, we’re not doing that but long-term that may not be out of the question,” Culligan told analysts, according to PaidContent. “We want to provide the best experience for the user and, in some way, if that was the best experience for the user we might be open to that.”

Would you be more inclined to use the Yahoo! homepage as a one stop shop for your news, weather, mail, etc. if you could use an alternate search engine? Let us know in the comments below!

  • ta152h
    I've always thought Excite was a better portal than Yahoo, and with Yahoo obviously lost and trying to find itself, I see no reason to change.

    I think Yahoo, like AOL, have worn out their usefulness and should just go away.

    Also, selling out to Microsoft made me less inclined to use them. I don't like Microsoft, but more than that, I don't want them to be successful because I think it's important to have a balance of power. They still own the operating systems and office apps; they don't need to own the internet. I'm more comfortable having Google in that situation.
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  • domenic
    I'm ashamed to say that I've been using yahoo.com as my home page since 1996.
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  • Camikazi
    ta152hI've always thought Excite was a better portal than Yahoo, and with Yahoo obviously lost and trying to find itself, I see no reason to change. I think Yahoo, like AOL, have worn out their usefulness and should just go away.Also, selling out to Microsoft made me less inclined to use them. I don't like Microsoft, but more than that, I don't want them to be successful because I think it's important to have a balance of power. They still own the operating systems and office apps; they don't need to own the internet. I'm more comfortable having Google in that situation.Absolute power... Doesn't matter the company, it all turns out the same and all companies struggle to be top at everything they do, Google is trying to do the same now and will get as many haters as MS has if/when they get there.
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  • arson94
    CamikaziAbsolute power... Doesn't matter the company, it all turns out the same and all companies struggle to be top at everything they do, Google is trying to do the same now and will get as many haters as MS has if/when they get there.

    preach on brotha
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  • IncinX
    Did anyone else hear a towel being thrown to the ground?
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  • IncinX
    Did anyone else hear a towel being thrown to the ground?
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  • Eh, I've never found portal sites to be useful. I come here for news, I use the Weather Bug Firefox plugin, my email is hosted on my own VPS, and I use Scroogle for searches.
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  • doomtomb
    At least Yahoo realizes they are out of the game and are trying to adapt but I'd prefer a straight up Google homepage with my Gmail over Yahoo emulating Google....
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  • sailfish
    I've never used Yahoo as my homepage even though they provide my internet access via ATT. Actually, I've never been into using any portal homepage and instead have a local page that contains the links to the essential pages I reference on a daily basis.

    So, I guess my answer to you question would be, "No".
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  • I actually love the new Yahoo!. I think they are pioneering yet another trend that we'll see as commonplace in the near future. BTW, I didn't realize Excite even existed any more LOL!
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