Yahoo! are to slim down their sizeable range of services by calling time on Delicious and AltaVista.
Internal slides from the company leaked prematurely online, revealing the closures to disgruntled users.
After confirming that the leaked slides were indeed the real deal, Yahoo! released this statment: “Part of our organisational streamlining involves cutting our investment in underperforming or off-strategy products to put better focus on our core strengths and fund new innovation in the next year and beyond.”
“We continuously evaluate and prioritise our portfolio of products and services, and do plan to shut down some products in the coming months.”
The closures will be especially annoying for the many users who organise their web browsing experiences around the Delicious service. And while great alternatives such as StumbleUpon do exist, it’ll be a pain to export all those bookmarks. AltaVista on the other hand has been on shakey gorund for years, with the search engine failing to compete in the wake of Google’s web onslaught.