While Yahoo has been spending a considerable amount of time and effort in acquiring Tumblr and fixing up Flickr, other apps and projects have seen less than favorable outcomes. A few months ago, CEO Marissa Mayer said she was going to turn the company around by axing non-profitable endeavors, and she did that with authority. The month of March saw seven projects close up shop, saving Mayer's company a bunch of money. Now, it looks like it's time for round two.
As her efforts are to kill off 80 percent of mobile apps and sites owned by Yahoo, Mayer announced a bunch more closures of things you may not have realized existed, but cost Yahoo a whole lot of resources. Some of them have already shut down this week, but are worth mentioning.
From Yahoo, these projects, in no particular order of notoriety, are:
Yahoo Axis (June 28)
If you installed the browser plug-in, it will no longer work. If you downloaded the app, it will continue to work, but won't be actively maintained. We encourage you to use the Yahoo Search app for iOS and Android.
Yahoo Browser Plus (June 28)
Citizen Sports (June 28)
You can still get all the latest sports news on Yahoo Sports, play fantasy sports like Fantasy Football and stay up-to-date when you're on the go with our new Yahoo Sports app for iOS and Android.
Yahoo WebPlayer (June 30)
If you're a publisher and currently using Yahoo WebPlayer on your site, after June 30 the Yahoo WebPlayer won't load. Your users will continue to be able to play media files using native browser support. You may wish to locate and remove the following line in your code:
FoxyTunes (July 1)
To see the latest in the music world, please visit Yahoo Music.
Yahoo RSS Alerts (July 1)
To continue to get the latest content that you care about, you can subscribe to Keyword News alerts at our Yahoo Alerts and receive them via email.
Yahoo Neighbors Beta (July 8)
You can visit Yahoo Local Search to find out what's going on in your neighborhood.
AltaVista (July 8)
Please visit Yahoo Search for all of your searching needs.
Yahoo Stars India (July 25)
To stay up on all your favorite celebrity news, check out Yahoo India OMG!
Yahoo Downloads Beta (July 31)
Yahoo Downloads will no longer support third-party downloads. It will continue to offer downloads of Yahoo products like Yahoo Toolbar or Yahoo Messenger.
Yahoo Local API (Sept. 28)
As part of this shutdown, all Yahoo Local API documentation will also be removed from the Yahoo Developer Network portal.
Yahoo Term Extraction API (Sept. 28)
We are eliminating direct access to the Yahoo Term Extraction API and as of Sept. 28 will require developers to go through YQL. We encourage all existing users of the Term Extraction Legacy API to migrate to YQL requests by September 28. You can use the YQL forums for any questions you might have about migrating to YQL. If you are already using the Term Extraction API via YQL, you don't need to take any action.
So, are you saddened by any of these? Let us know in the comments section below. It is a little upsetting to the retro side of me that we are seeing the closure of AltaVista. I know I was using that before I knew MetaCrawler was a thing. I'll never forget you, AltaVista, in all of your messy, hyperlink-heavy, white background radio buttons glory. If you forgot about AltaVista, it's okay, just hit the break.