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Why Yahoo?

Been wondering why yahoo has been the most successful Website today, you hardly see an individual without a yahoo account, you hardly find a website on the surface of the earth without having to do something with yahoo. What do you think is the secret behind Yahoo's achievement?

Is it the Freedom to Express your self? (the messanger,the chat rooms and the forums)

Is it the affiliation of yahoo with virtually all sects of life?

Is it the News or is it sports?

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Alexa ranking is the most unreliable statistical system on the net. I think google has more traffic than yahoo.

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When i say success, i wasnt talking about profitabilty and wealth is not a way of measuring achivements in most cases. Its quite sure that google is the biggest search engine as at today and Yahoo is the most successful website and they hold the largest mail accounts in the world.

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Here in Nigeria and Today, yahoo still remains the biggest mail account holders and in nigeria virtually everybody started with yahoo in nigeria. I for one would say i started with yahoo in the late 90's and no doubt google remains the biggest search engine but for internet accounts, yahoo remains the largest. Unlike Hotmail and Netscape, yahoo has different brand and different styles for different people and diffrent countries. name it except for nigeria and we ll have ours soon. www.yahoo.co.ng  Watch out!

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Rather I started with Netscape then Hotmail, and so where the people all arround me. But thats early 90s sha, so I cant really say in regards to Nigerians. But I taught hotmail was the dorminant mail of choice of the past?

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I agree. It all started with yahoo. They were the first to start with a portal, and they are still the best portal. Not sure if they were the first search engine, but they were the most successful, until google came along. Google has pretty much taken that over. And, I believe yahoo has given up. Try doing a serarch in yahoo and do the same thing in google. Yahoo's result are almost totally irrelevant, whereas google will result in an exact match. That tells me that they have given up the on the search engine part of their service.

As for free email, google is beginning to take over. Primarily because of their easy to use and more flexible interface. Another thing is the almost unlimited webspace they provide.

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In my opinion, and I will speak for Nigeria, it is synonymous with Coke.

When the internet began worldwide, so to speak, yahoo was "the man". So naturally, everyone signed up for an account. When the internet first hit Naija, I remember the ads back then "pay N500 to open a yahoo account". Of course pple flocked to go open one, until competition set in and it became free to have an account. Now, even with onset of google et al, since naijans all started out with yahoo, it is hard to change habits. What with free chat, and free accounts, what else do most pple in Naija surf the net for?

Now, wetin remain na for person to name dem pikin yahoo (if not already) LOL

As always my 2 cents.

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