Hello out there in My Yahoo! land,
I’ve been using My Yahoo! for many years, so it was pretty exciting when I got the chance to join the team last summer. Like many of you, I found my first exposure to the new product to be a little bit rough (of course, it wasn’t even an “alpha” back then). I also discovered that working on a product makes it just that–work. So by this spring, I was hardly using My Yahoo! anymore, except as part of my job.
But then, a few weeks ago, something changed. I found myself at home on a Saturday afternoon using My Yahoo! to check movie showtimes at a nearby theater, get a laugh from a couple of my favorite humor blogs, read up on some recipes, and catch up on news about my personal interests. After about an hour of contented puttering around on My “just for fun,” it hit me: my dormant “joie de My Yahoo!” had re-awakened!
As a product manager who spends a lot of time thinking about the user experience, this made me pretty happy, because it was a clear sign that we are on the right track with the new My Yahoo!. There’s no doubt that we’ve still got work to do, but I’m confident we’ll get there.
Before I sign off, here’s a little trick I discovered: you can make a “backup” of any of your My Yahoo! pages using the “Share this page” feature. Just share the page with yourself! You’ll get an e-mail with a link that you can use to restore the page should you ever accidentally delete it, misplace one of your favorite modules, etc.
Thanks for your time and continued usage of My Yahoo!.
My Yahoo! Product Manager