YAHOO -- Tens of thousands of people dove into Yahoo 360 late yesterday, resulting in an enormous uptake of a content management system that promises to evolve into one of the most dynamic examples of social networking on offer. Based on the results I have seen come into view after 15 minutes of work by first year multimedia degree students, the system is well-designed for new web authors while incorporating all sorts of hooks that are bound to keep people interested in the online community.
Yahoo 360 connects people to their stuff like their Yahoo groups and photo albums. You can see the restaurants, galleries, and services that people have reviewed. You can listen to their music preferences. And if you set up all the widgets for Yahoo! Plus, you can talk to them through your webcam. This is social networking--often at no cost--for the masses.
It's also enterprise strength. Even though tens of thousands of people were smacking against the front of the Yahoo system yesterday, the site held up to the onslaught. Most importantly, all the key features I need (Yahoo mail, address book, calendaring, groups) kept on ticking.
About a year ago, I converted to Yahoo! mail to control my spam. That worked well. The service lets me sync contact records from my online address book into my Sony Clie.
Six months ago, I started using Yahoo! groups in earnest. That has helped me finish several interviews for publication. The chat sessions are totally text and easy to edit.
Last week, Yahoo! bought Flickr, the world's most popular photo-sharing program. That indicated to me that my three Flickr identities are on solid ground--that they have a promising future.
Yesterday's Yahoo 360 service announcement ties together all of these very clever features. I think Yahoo is headed back to the top of the pile as a place people frequent on the internet.
Media Studies Classroom -- "Yahoo 360 review" is a talking point for Irishblogs.