Yahoo just announced on the official company blog over at Tumblr that it will shut down twelve of its services over the course of the following days, weeks and months. It may come as a surprise to many that some services got shut down already even before the announcement went live on the blog.
The list of services and products that Yahoo is retiring is listed below in its entirety for your convenience. The shut down data is added to each product so that you know when it is going to be retired.
The list contains well known products like AltaVista or FoxyTunes, but also lesser known products such as Neighbors Beta or Yahoo! Stars India.
While I can understand that Yahoo! is shutting down services that are not lucrative enough or have not had the impact the company hoped they would have, it is still sad to see some products vanish from the Internet forever.
I never really understood why companies did not try to sell or give away those services instead of just shutting them down. While it won't work for APIs, it could work very well for third party services such as Citizen Sports or FoxyTunes. While Yahoo! won't make big bucks from that, it would not appear to users of those services as an evil company that is shutting down their beloved services for no good reason.
What's your take on this third round of shut downs?
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