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Yahoo! Rolls Out New Homepage

The basic idea is that you fill your homepage with stuff you want. The biggest change is that the site now offers direct links to tons of sites like Facebook, Twitter and eBay. These can then be added to "My Favorites," the panel that appears on the left hand side of the homepage which up until now, only linked to Yahoo! services.

Hovering over any of these links will bring up the desired application. In other words, you don't have to leave the Yahoo! homepage to update your Facebook status and anything interesting you find while browsing can be easily and quickly shared, again without leaving.

"We're pulling together everything about the user they care about, be it on Yahoo or off, to create a personally relevant experience," said Tapan Bhat, senior vice president for consumer experiences at Yahoo!, according to CNet. "In a world like this, Yahoo needs to make the user experience come first."

The company is also looking to use the change to improve on advertising. "We're creating great opportunities for advertisers to target content and context," CNet cites Bhat as saying while demonstrating a movie app that showed advertisements alongside movie showtimes.

I'll admit that it took me a while to notice the changes, simply because I hadn't been to in so long. That said, once I'd found my bearings, I actually sort of liked it. Any Yahoo! users in the house and embracing change? Let us know!

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  • doomtomb
    Sounds like a good idea but I think this whole Facebook and Twitter phenomenon has blown up way too much. -_-
  • tipmen
    I still don't know what a Twitter is nor do i care, but i do like that i can add my own stuff and change things.
  • jgiron
  • Greg_77
    Twitter will slowly disappear like MySpace and now Facebook. They are simply fads. Once the initial excitement is gone, people move on to the next big thing.
  • anamaniac
    I still keep google as my homepage. A search engine has been my homepage since my Win95 box if I remember correctly.
  • gailim
    I have used Yahoo! for a long time, the search engine seemed just a good as google to me. but to be honest I almost never use web searches, I like yahoo because it is a nice old fashioned web portal, everything you need right on your homepage
  • axilon
    I really only browse yahoo for news. My home is