Well I wasn’t actually surprised to see this. In fact I was expecting this to happen someday or the other.
Since last couple of years I have been seeing Yahoo! closing doors of many of its services. Sad enough, it included some of my favorite services such as Yahoo! Briefcase, Geocities, Photos.
I was very sad when I knew that Geocities is closing. After all my first website was hosted by Geocities.
Its funny to see Yahoo! acquiring different services only to either close them or sell them later on. Example includes RocketMail, MyBlogLog and now Del.icio.us
Each time when Yahoo! closes its service, it would announce that it is doing so to continue its focus on core business. Well, What is that core business of yahoo!?
Search Engine? No, Last year Yahoo announced that Microsoft Bing would powering the Yahoo! search.
If not search then what else? What else if left?
I feel that currently Yahoo! wants to focus on its only money making business - Advertisement. If Yahoo! continues to be like this, may be someday Yahoo! will be just another internet ad company around the corner.
If I see back all I see is the opportunities lost by Yahoo! For example: Geocities could have been the first weblog publishing service and Briefcase could have been first cloud based storage! But nevertheless Yahoo! never fully utilized its user base and infrastructure. Lately Yahoo! never tried inventing anything new, rather all it did is to either copy or acquire a start-up. That is why Yahoo! sucks today!
I think Yahoo! is dying a slow death, what do you think?