Then, late Sunday a new rumor arose: Yahoo! might try to keep Microsoft away by merging with AOL. That seems sort of like trying to keep a wild animal from eating you by covering yourself with feces. It might make awful sense for about a second, but it’s just a bad, bad idea. First, it’s unlikely to work – and, second, it’s just pathetic.
I don’t think I’ve ever laughed so much at an article on Techdirt. Comparing a merger with AOL to covering yourself in feces? Do they have a new intern writing articles? Wow.
Don’t get me wrong, I think it’s a great analogy, and really funny, but totally not what I expect from Techdirt.
I don’t really care what happens to Yahoo. My only request is that they make sure that someone with a soul gets control of Flickr. That is the only part of Yahoo that I care at all about. When Yahoo bought them, I was afraid that Flickr would be ruined, but Yahoo has pretty much left the site alone. There is a really good community there (Slightly obsessed with half-naked women, but isn’t that why most people pick up a camera anyway?), and it’s one of the only things online where I actually pay for the “pro” version.
Anyway, I hope Yahoo finds a buyer and everything works out. I doubt they’ll ever catch Google, but they can at least keep nipping at Google’s heels, keep them from getting soft (And putting out a product like Windows Vista).