In Defense of Yahoo


I’d like to take a moment to talk about  Everyone talks about Google, but I don’t think everyone relies on Google because the results are better.  Google is lucky enough to be a verb too, while it is awkward to tell someone to “just Yahoo it.”  Even though I do most of my “Googling” through Google because I like the simple interface, I use Yahoo as my homepage for a few reasons:

  • It has news stories in the middle of the page, with tabs for world or local news.
  • By choosing “Games” on the left, one can find really fun games, including online crossword puzzles!
  • Click “Movies” and search by your zip code.  You can see the movie listings for all theaters in your area.
  • Choose “TV” and enter your zip code to see your local TV listings.  It is an easy way to find out what is a new episode and what is a rerun.
  • By choosing “Shopping,” you can select a product and compare prices between vendors.
  • Choose “Maps” and search for businesses or addresses (like Mapquest or Google Maps).

I understand that many of these features can be found through Google, but they are in the forefront through Yahoo’s main page.  In addition to the features I mentioned, Yahoo has normal searching at the top, including an image and video search. 

Keep Yahoo-ing!

Written by Toby


Toby is a reference librarian at the East Grand Rapids branch and he also teaches KDL computer classes. In his free time he enjoys reading and playing guitar.

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