I’m feeling sad about the M/Y! deal. (Which I expect to sail through—from the Yahoo! management/investor point of view, what’s not to like?) You see, Yahoo! was the first actual real successful Internet business. And Microsoft, well, they’re a bunch of things, but they’re not an Internet company.
I was there at the beginning; my company had a brief partnership with Y! back in 1995, when they were David and Jerry and seven others in a shitty little strip-mall in Mountain View, with an ant problem; well, they slept and ate pizza in their offices, what do you expect? In a shabby machine-room next door was quite a bit of netscape.com and playboy.com.
There was a golden moment there when if you wanted to do whatever on the Internet, you’d go to whatever.yahoo.com and there it’d be. Today, I use Y! Finance and that’s about it.
On Twitter and I’m sure by email and phone, the wolves are circling the good Y! engineers. Yowl. Man, this is gonna be big and slow and ugly.