back to article Yahoo! boss! Mayer! promises! shake-up! in! bid! to! save! her! job!

The latest effort to turn around internet stalwart Yahoo! appears to have stalled again with a disappointing earnings report. Shares dropped 2 per cent on the news that the company had missed its third-quarter targets with 15 cents a share in income and $1.23bn in revenue. The markets were expecting 17 cents and $1.26bn. …

  1. Mark 85

    A couple of questions...

    She blamed "revenue headwinds in our core business."

    What is their "core business"? Even the search is contracted out.... so..?????

    the new team now has the "skills, passion and ability to executive growth."

    This one makes me chuckle. I'm not sure what she's saying.... "executive growth"? Like all us C-Suite types will find better jobs maybe?

    Along with AOHell, why don't they just put a bullet into both and let those brands go gently into the Good Night..

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: A couple of questions...

      Another website actually reports the quote as "execute" growth, which would make a lot more sense.

    2. Naselus

      Re: A couple of questions...

      "What is their "core business"? Even the search is contracted out.... so..?????"

      I think that's Yahoo's big problem really. They have no idea. After losing the search engine wars, they've just kind of existed and lived off some fairly good share purchases. Which actually means Yahoo's business model is somewhere between 'hedge fund' and 'pension fund'.

    3. DToma

      Re: A couple of questions...

      I'm thinking that Yahoo's core business is selling ad space. The company seems to ignore complaints about its various products. Perhaps it will discontinue those products which have the highest number of complaints.

      1. Naselus

        Re: A couple of questions...

        "I'm thinking that Yahoo's core business is selling ad space."

        I'm not so sure tbh. I think Yahoo! think that they're an ad space firm... but they're not very good at it. IF it weren't for their (extremely fortuitous) Alibaba stake, I don't think anyone would have bothered to mention Yahoo over the past year or two.

  2. Anonymous Coward

    And she is STILL the CEO of Yahoo?

    Yes, Marissa. The blondest Silicon Valley CEO since Carly.

    What has she accomplished at Yahoo? Why is she not fired yet?

    1. Pascal Monett Silver badge

      Hey, don't be so hard. She did personally redesign the exclamation mark.

  3. John Tserkezis

    "Marissa Mayer, who has been trying for three years to turn the company around, with limited success."

    She could start by pissing off that abominable and faulty new mail interface. I'm quite sure not only her users, but internal staff would be quite happy to say the improvement would be significantly more than "limited".

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      In her reign they also messed up Flickr and Yahoo Groups. The former I no longer find useful. I still use Yahoo Groups through gritted teeth to service an established community - but functionality is much poorer these days.

      1. paulf

        Yahoo Groups was one of the more compelling services on Yahoo!, at least for those unable or unwilling to move their group to the Facebook equivalent. The redesign completely borked functionality and even now is not back to where it was. I looked around that time and wasn't able to find something that came even close in functionality - most were nothing more than glorified email reflectors.

        About the same time, I started finding bugs in Yahoo Mail. I reported the one I found with "reply to" not working (at all) but some 3 years later it still isn't fixed despite promises to do so and allegations I was setting it up wrong.

        My Yahoo email address was used as semi-disposable for business use but I migrated that to a paid for IMAP provider 2 years ago. Not only is their email platform rock solid but they also don't monitor my every word to force adverts at me. When I spotted a problem my ticket was promptly escalated to one of the senior developers who acknowledged the problem and promised a fix.

        1. daywalker03

          That's the whole problem; Marrisa is trying to make Yahoo Groups (among other things) like Facebook, when it had its own firm identity and group owners had extensive customization options for it. It also actually worked right on mobile devices as it was, rather than the new interface that doesn't work properly on anything.

  4. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    I thought Yahoo had died years ago!

    Looks like there is money to be made from the dead donkey by the Execs till they jump ship off the rotting corpse

  5. Dan 55 Silver badge

    Yet another shake-up at Yahoo!?

    It must be like Star Trek TOS with everybody flying over the partitions inside their offices.

  6. Captain Dallas

    Thank goodness she stopped employees working from home - really turned Yahoo around with that stroke of genius, didn't she?

  7. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Modest proposal

    With a smaller workforce a CEO clearly has smaller responsibilities, so their salaries should shrink

    in proportion.

  8. Ynox

    Does *anyone* still use Yahoo!?

    Flogging a dead donkey comes to mind.

  9. Beornfrith

    I still use Yahoo - I've been using the same email account with them since 1998. I can't remember the last time I ever visited their website and like many of the above posters I really don't know what they do any more.

    It seems to me that, quite simply, if they don't sort out a core identity with which people can - well, identify - then they have no hope as a company.

    ...but shucks, I quite like having had an email account in use non-stop for 17 years.

  10. TheDillinquent

    What is Yahoo! for?

    The only time I ever encounter Yahoo! these days is when I'm trying to install something and get offered their toolbar, or when someone asks me "How do I get rid of that annoying Yahoo! toolbar?".

    Someone should buy them a one way ticket to Switzerland.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: What is Yahoo! for?

      Yahoo already tried Switzerland, switched to Ireland last year.

POST COMMENT House rules

Not a member of The Register? Create a new account here.

  • Enter your comment

  • Add an icon

Anonymous cowards cannot choose their icon

Other stories you might like