Over on Read/WriteWeb, Richard MacManus gives a rundown of his "best of 2005", including "Best Web Bigco of 2005":
However the most impressive Web company this year has got to be Yahoo. Ever since they introduced RSS into the MyYahoo portal in 2004, I've been following them closely. This year Yahoo acquired 3 of the trendiest Web services: Flickr (my best LittleCo in 2004), del.icio.us (my runner-up last year!) and konfabulator. As my post earlier this week illustrated, Yahoo has integrated RSS into a whole suite of products: from mobile, to news, to podcasts, to email. They also released Yahoo 360 (a social networking platform), My Web 2.0 (a relatively unsuccessful imitation of del.icio.us), a Podcasting service, Yahoo Shoposphere, ... too many things to mention or link to! They're also still the world's top website. Yep, Yahoo! is the Best Web Bigco of 2005 and I defy anyone to argue with that.
He also named Microsoft as runner-up and noted that Google took first place last year. I wonder if we'll ever see AOL on his list.
Posted by jzawodn at December 23, 2005 09:17 AM
does no one remember Yahoo purchased Upcoming.org? I use it more than Flickr of Konfabulator
It will be a sunny day in Redmond before AOL ever becomes the Best Bigco of the year! Or, I suppose they could just stop being lame and start innovating =)
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Yep Upcoming is great too.
As for AOL, Mark Johnson pretty much summed it up in comment number 2 ;-) They haven't done much of note this year, apart from briefly making noises about becoming an RSS-powered portal (ref: http://www.readwriteweb.com/archives/more_on_aol_por.php). But I haven't heard much about that since.
Congratulations to Yahoo and...you!.
Why am I getting the idea that you OLD TIMER Yahoo guys are hacking away at Google's reputation as the most innovative?
AOL partnership for Google - deduct points, do not pass go, shark jump ahead?