Blog Posts by Chris Yeh

  • What’s next for Delicious (cross-post)

    Editor's note: This post originally appeared on the Delicious blog. We're reposting here for you to access:

    What's Next for Delicious?

    Many of you have read the news stories about Delicious that began appearing yesterday. We're genuinely sorry to have these stories appear with so little context for our loyal users. While we can't answer each of your questions individually, we wanted to address what we can at this stage and we promise to keep you posted as future plans get finalized.

    Is Delicious being shut down? And should I be worried about my data?

    - No, we are not shutting down Delicious. While we have determined that there is not a strategic fit at Yahoo!, we believe there is a ideal home for Delicious outside of the company where it can be resourced to the level where it can be competitive.

    What is Yahoo! going to do with Delicious?

    - We're actively thinking about the future of Delicious and we believe there is a home outside the company that would make more sense for the service

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  • MyBlogLog?

    August 2010 Update
    Since Chris wrote this brief note, we've been busy building Yahoo!'s open and social platforms, making it possible for us to aggregate users’ activities from around the Web. We hope to have an update soon about how MyBlogLog will fit within that platform.

    Yesterday, rumors surfaced around Yahoo!’s imminent shutdown of its MyBlogLog service. Frankly, it’s no secret within Yahoo! that we’re actively discussing the future of MyBlogLog. However, it’s also true that we have not made any final decisions at this point. Is a shutdown on the table? Sure, that’s an option. But there are other options as well. We know this creates some uncertainty for current MyBlogLog users. While we aren't quite ready to share more details, we promise to keep you posted.

    Chris Yeh, Head of YDN

  • Sorry


    I wanted to acknowledge the public reaction generated by the images of female dancers at our Taiwan Open Hack Day this past weekend. Our hack events are designed to give developers an opportunity to learn about our APIs and technologies. As many folks have rightly pointed out, the “Hack Girls” aspect of our Taiwan Hack Day is not reflective of that spirit or purpose. And it’s certainly not the message we want to send about our values here at Yahoo!. Hack Days are about making everyone feel welcome, including women coders and technologists.

    This incident is regrettable and we apologize to anyone that we have offended. Rest assured, it won’t happen again.


    Chris Yeh
    Head of YDN

    twitter: @ydn
    email: cyeh at yahoo-inc dot com

  • Build Apps for the New Yahoo! Homepage

    Today there are nearly 400 apps available for Yahoo! homepages around the world. Will yours be one of the innovative and flawless apps that makes it into the homepage gallery next?

    Now, you can build apps that run on the new Yahoo! homepage, which gets over 330 million unique visitors per month worldwide. By building apps, you can drive traffic to your site, acquire new users, and increase awareness of your brand. You can also display ads and make money through virtual goods. We’re working on an array of additional developer monetization opportunities – these will be available soon.

    Like the open apps on My Yahoo!, homepage apps are built with the Yahoo! Application Platform (YAP), which allows you to build and distribute an app that any Yahoo! user can install (see how the user experience looks). Raise awareness of your app through traditional mechanisms (email, ads, etc.) and use “Add to Yahoo!” buttons to encourage installs. Your app installs will also be reflected in Yahoo! Updates

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  • By Popular Demand, We’re Keeping the Term Extraction Service

    Last week, we announced the imminent shutdown of our Term Extraction Service on August 31. Since then, many of you have told us how important this service is to you. Because most developers access the Term Extraction Service through YQL and Pipes, some have asked whether these products are also in jeopardy. They are not! And, frankly, our timing was unfortunate because we announced this closure just after, well, you know.

    OK, we heard you. You’ve made it clear to us that shutting down the Term Extraction Service would be a mistake. So, we’ve changed our plans. We're leaving the service up and running indefinitely.

    Thanks for continuing to provide us with feedback across this and many other fronts. If you have any questions or concerns, as always, I encourage you to voice them on the Yahoo! Developer Network forums or via comments here on our blog.

    As you can see, we’re listening.

    Chris Yeh
    Head of YDN

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