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Yahoo’s Web 2.0 Overhaul May 29, 2006

Posted by cbeech in News - Tech.
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New features on the famous website’s front page emphasize user-contributed content and sophisticated interactivity.

On the Internet, 20 months is an eternity — yet that’s how long Yahoo stuck with the most recent design of its front page. In fact, it was enough time for the emergence of an entirely new way of using the Internet, loosely called "Web 2.0" and focused on user-contributed content, media tagging and sharing, social networking, and browser-based services, rather than desktop software.

Catching the Web 2.0 train before it leaves the station is what the just-released redesign of Yahoo’s front page is meant to do. Starting today, visitors to www.yahoo.com/preview* will see a radically different layout, which emphasizes an interactive "Personal Assistant" and links to the most popular content from Yahoo’s large network of sites and services, such as Yahoo Music and the Flickr photo-sharing service.

The redesign is one of most drastic in Yahoo’s 12-year history, and it’s the most visible step yet toward the company’s recently expressed goal of transforming Yahoo from a search portal into a locus for personalized information and community-generated content, ratings, and reviews.

http://www2.technologyreview.com/read_article.aspx?id=16883&ch=infotech

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