As I said, all of this was prelude to the Friday poll, which, of course, invited readers to vote their own preferences. The options were as follows:
- I strongly prefer Yahoo-run sites
- I strongly prefer Google-run sites
- I use both Yahoo and Google properties equally
- I don't use either
- Other (expand in comments.)
For my part I have bailed on just about every aspect of Yahoo! except its mail feed. However, that feed is only there to sync with my OS X Mail. I stopped using Yahoo!'s own mail service after it was "improved" last June. One interesting side effect is that OS X Mail tells me every time Yahoo!'s mail server goes into a coma, which means that I am more aware of its defects than I had previously been.
To be fair, however, I have used Gmail a bit and have yet to be convinced that it is any better than the Yahoo! service.