I've been so busy between stuff going on at ETech and stuff back at Yahoo that I haven't had a chance to even post here. You probably heard about Yahoo! 360 (our answer to what happens when you combine your friends, your content (pictures, lists, reviews, etc), and a bit of blogging fu). I'll write more about it later, probably but am happy to see that some people "get it."
360 was not designed to be YASNS (Yet Another Social Networking Service). The goal is not to amass as many "friends" as possible, unlike Friendster, Orkut, and others. It's about making it easier to share stuff with people who really are you friends--tne ones you already talk to, email, IM, etc.
ETech has been great. I even got to ask Jeff Bezos about his space investments a couple hours ago. What's really cool is that he comes to a conference like ETech and says around to just check out what's going on an talk to people. He doesn't fly back to Seattle as soon as his talk is done or blow people off. He's right at home among the geeks here.
Speaking of Amazon, Udi Manber of a9.com told me he's heading to Tuscon for PC Forum after this. He's taking the gps and camera equipment with him so that he can drive the streets and get more pictures for their sidewalk view of the area. We also got to chat a bit about the Open Search via RSS concept that Jeff demonstrated yesterday.
So much cool stuff, so little time.
Also, while I'm doing an ETech inspired braindump of sorts, here's a mini-linkdump too:
- Don't throw out the SOAP with the bathwater - Jon Udell writes about Yahoo! Search Web Services, REST, SOAP, and how there's room for all of it.
- Yahoo Service Combines Blogging, Social Networking (ZDNet)
- Yahoo! Tunes into Blogging and Social Networking (Slashdot, uh oh)
- Yahoo! announces blogging and social networking betas (Charlene Li)
Posted by jzawodn at March 16, 2005 11:38 PM
Oooh, I've been wanting of something like this...I signed up for the beta, how long will it take?
Yahoo! 360 sounds great. I clicked on the link on the 360.yahoo.com website for the beta waiting list and it takes me to the Guesthouse - Yahoo! Corporate Single Login. How can I signup?
Thanks, Michael B.
If you enter your email on the 360 site, on the 29th of March Yahoo will start sending out invites(just like Google has done with Gmail).
And to comment on Jerms comment about it not being Y another social network, how do you figure that? Its a complete clone of spaces.msn.com, or at least thats where Yahoo got all the neat ideas from, like intergrating IM into blogging etc.
What an awful name IMHO - Yahoo! 360? It'll be interesting to see how 360 does - sure has taken a while for Yahoo! to "respond" to the whole Social Networking craze, but hopefully this will be better (i.e. better, and better late than never!)
nice idea this 360... who's next?
I had the same experience as Michael -- I clicked on the link to add my name to the waiting list and was taken to what looked like a Yahoo! corporate login at https://guesthouse.corp.yahoo.com
Yes, thats the standard global login for corporate users. Its a mask if you like for Yahoo to put infront of applications or alpha/beta services and products. Like I said, 360 will start rolling out to limited users on the 29th of March. For now 360 is being test run by corporate users, hence the guesthouse login.
What can I do for update my Challenge Question and Secret Answer if I don,t remember passport and answer to my old ID