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So it has been over a week and I am still seeing news and “controversy” about Yahoo's CEO Marissa Mayer banning telecommuting. While I think that she has the right to do whatever is needed to run Yahoo, in my opinion when you have good employees it doesn’t matter where they work, at home or in the office.  In addition, as a working mother, the need to stay home and care for my son when he is sick or has appointments is very important to me.

But that is not what I find most interesting about Yahoo being in the news this week. What stands out to me is the question: “does Yahoo being in the news even have an impact on Yahoo?” When I had the thought for this blog and I started doing research I didn’t go to Yahoo, I used Google. I used Google to research Yahoo and in fact I haven’t used Yahoo in…. well who knows how long. But when did Google become the verb (a blog for another day perhaps)?

Recently while we were driving home, my son Aiden was asking me about the number "Googol" (which I do not ever remember learning in school--shhh) and I tell Aiden that we will Google it to get more information. To which he replies "So we will use Google to Google a Googol?" Yes- that is correct. We won’t use Yahoo or Bing we will use Google (and if you want more information on a Googol you can click here)!

So my question to you is: “has this recent news about Yahoo enticed you to ’try’ Yahoo again or is it just what everyone is saying – ‘water-cooler’ conversation?”

Rachel Brockway
Rachel Brockway
Senior Account Executive Rachel is a native Arizonian, who enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, playing tennis, reading and social media. She’s a busy mom and is passing the idea of volunteerism onto her son. Check out Rachel's Full Bio

6 Comments

  1. Scott Hanson says:

    Yahoo is certainly the leader over Google when it comes to managing Fantasy Baseball leagues, although it seems somewhat like the utility companies — you don’t really have a choice — you use what’s available.

  2. Billie Walls says:

    I did not use Yahoo before and it did not make me want to give it a try. I admit to using Bing (because I love their great images) and if I am unhappy with the search results, then I go to Google 🙂

  3. Joy says:

    This news does absolutely nothing to encourage me to use Yahoo. When Mayer took over, she was under an enormous amount of scrutiny and her decision to go back to work after such a brief maternity leave I’m sure angered some while being approved by those skeptical of her being able to do the job. My point is…she at least seems to be a “do as I do” person, which I’ll respect from an employee stance.

    She definitely has her work cut out for her. Perhaps this is an attempt to get on the right track. Perhaps the publicity will show she is dedicated to turning around what Yahoo does, but I doubt many are holding their breath. Yahoo is way behind Google in terms of fulfilling its purpose as a search engine. I agree with Scott: Yahoo is more of an “entertainment search” rather than a search for information (all without the daily doodle or game!). I go to Yahoo to look up movie times or if I feel like reading goofy news headlines, never to research anything else other than that. Google has been constantly changing and reinventing things that don’t work well (anybody use Google Hangout or Google+?). I’d say they’ve EARNED the verb usage!

  4. Joy says:

    By the way, I had heard at some point that “Google” was actually SUPPOSED to be “Googol”, but when the name was registered, it was a typo…

    #TheMoreYouKnow

  5. Robyn says:

    We have long had a joke around my family related to the one time that “Mom just Binged Google!”
    See how that verb doesn’t work? Also, who uses a search engine to find a search engine???

    Google might be ubiquitous for search, but there are other things that Yahoo! can excel at, and it appears they plan to do so with mobile through their recent acquisitions — although Google’s suite of mobile products is pretty stacked… Overall though, I think it’s safe to say that no one is in a position to de-thrown Google from their search-and-find throne. I’m not even remotely inclined to use another search engine.

    What could convince me? Superior on-site searching (by that I mean on a company’s website) would be a top one for me.

  6. Roslyn Harrison says:

    Yahoo shmahoo. I still have no desire to use their services. I can’t even stand to use my yahoo e-mail account. I use google and gmail. It’s much more streamlined and user-friendly. There’s my two cents. (I love Aiden’s question!)

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