Yahoo! is buying Tumblr for $1.1B US. Cash, not stock paper-shuffling. Why? Marissa Mayer says: In terms of working together, Tumblr can deploy Yahoo!'s personalization technology and search infrastructure to help its users discover creators, bloggers, and content they'll love. In turn, Tumblr brings 50 billion blog posts (and 75 million more arriving each day) to Yahoo!'s media network and search experiences. The two companies will also work together to create advertising opportunities that are seamless and enhance user experience....

May 20, 2013 · 1 min

mexicans love the mummy

Yahoo! Mexico posted a photo I took last halloween on the front page of their site. That's pretty cool. Almost 6,000 people have clicked through to view the photo page today alone, making it now my most viewed photo on Flickr. The mummy was back again this year, and I got a shot of it with a wider angle lens.

October 31, 2008 · 1 min

on Yahoo + Microsoft

So MSFT is trying to spend $45 BILLION dollars to buy Yahoo. Rumour has it that the borg want Yahoo's search and advertising stuff, which would be a little odd - I can't remember the last time I searched using Yahoo, or saw a Yahoo-powered ad. Whatever. But, Yahoo does own two resources that I care a great deal about. del.icio.us and Flickr. It's pretty safe to say that neither of those are worth $45 BILLION, so it's likely that they aren't the direct targets of the acquisition attempt....

February 2, 2008 · 3 min

Yahoo! Shortcuts!?

Jim posted about Yahoo! Shortcuts, and while the WordPress plugin sounds cool (it claims to scan a blog post and automagically find links to blog posts, flickr photos, and other sources of info), I'm not sure how well it'll translate into real life. It looks like it scans the blog entry as you're writing it, and when done it'll run some code to insert stuff into the post before publishing....

December 15, 2007 · 2 min

Lifehacker: Create your master feed with Yahoo! Pipes

Maybe Eduglu is just a set of metapipes? LifeHacker gives a thorough howto for creating a personal überfeed from all of your separate feeds, complete with sorting and filtering. Now, I'm off to play some more with Pipes... ps. this was blogged using BlogBridge's cool new "blog this" feature. Slick.

February 14, 2007 · 1 min

Yet Another del.icio.us Outtage

Here's hoping the Yahoo! team throws more (or better) hardware at the del.icio.us server. This sign was spotted at the current colocation facility: I hadn't noticed that del.icio.us was down, but a comment from Rob tipped me off.

December 27, 2005 · 1 min

del.icio.us is em.pty?

This has me a little nervous. I sure hope Joshua/Yahoo! have decent backups... There were over 700 bookmarks in there this morning. Now it's saying my account is empty. Man, that would suck. Definitely the major downside of using an offsite bookmark manager... It seems like del.icio.us was more stable before Yahoo! got involved. Maybe this is just a big Moving Of Servers from Joshua's basement to the Yahoo datacentre?...

December 17, 2005 · 1 min

del.icio.us issues

Come, on, Yahoo! Get del.icio.us into your data centre... Apparently there was a power failure in the server hosting facility where del.icio.us has been living (assuming it's not in Yahoo Central yet), and it's been barfing all over everything all day. I just went to get some links from my account, and got this instead:

December 14, 2005 · 1 min


Well, this explains a lot - first, a serious congratulations to Joshua, and kudos to Yahoo for picking up del.icio.us. (and thanks to Les Orchard for the heads up) I've been wondering about the business model for del.icio.us since before I started using it - wondering how it was going to be paid for. It's a free service, with no ads. Soaking up ungodly amounts of resources and bandwidth. Now that it's Yet Another Yahoo Family Member, it should benefit from Yahoo's infrastructure, and lose the imperative to "...

December 9, 2005 · 1 min