Ahhhhhhhh. Done with the Vegas beast. Now I can write lightweight columns contain
ill-formed thoughts based on personal whimsy… mmmmMmmMMm.. weblogging.
Yahoo is showing off it’s new BETA
site. The obvious question is, "Welcome to the new millennium, Yahoo… what the hell took so long?"
While I have no insider knowledge at Yahoo, I’ve discerned that this requirement
was partially due to the David Filo (Co-founder and Chief Yahoo!) insistence
that the front page stay lean. This makes good system engineering sense as faster
load times equate to less expense, but Yahoo took it to the extreme. In almost
a decade of existence, there has been no major user interface change to the
front page of the site.
This reeks of engineering owning part of the process/product that they should
not. Sure, the front page needs to load obscenely fast, but there are a great
many ways to significantly improve a web-based user interface without sacrificing
performance. Take a look at the evolution of any number of popular sites and
you’ll see a massive amount of changes over the years – you’re not going to
tell me these guys are throwing money out the window loading graphics. Or
maybe you are.
Sure, Yahoo has done reasonably well with the lean and mean user interface,
but the new user interface demonstrates that someone with a clue decided to
tackle the difficult task of equating usability with profitability.
Semi-unrelated point. Delighted to see the "most popular" link
right next to the search button. More validation that groups of people sift
the web so much better than any bot. So much more to say here.
Other sources of hot pipin’ fresh buzz: