Facebook on Pulse: Yahoo Goes Social

Yahoo Pulse


Yahoo calls it “increasing your social IQ,” and seasoned social networkers might just call it bandwagon-jumping. We are, of course, referring to the relaunch of Yahoo Profiles–now called Pulse–a massive Facebook connect implementation. The deal makes good on a partnership deal announced in December, and will allow Yahoo and Facebook users to sign directly into their FB account at various Yahoo locations including the front and mail pages.

With 600 million users worldwide, Yahoo’s search, IM, email, news, and photo (Flickr) services, Yahoo has plenty to offer Facebook. And with social networks serving as a prime means of sharing news and photos, Facebook is attractive to Yahoo as a distribution network and answer to Google Buzz. What’s more, Yahoo has addressed the privacy problem full-on, giving Pulse a single privacy menu that will apply to all of its services. Lastly, the deal has advantages for advertisers, too. Yahoo
plans to release tools that let users comment on or share bits of a
display ad in a message to friends within their social sphere. These tools will give Yahoo a better understanding on how the
information from the display ad gets shared. Yahoo can
give advertisers reports that identify the pieces being shared through Facebook, Twitter, or other
social networks. The anonymous information includes
valuable click-through rates and engagement behavior.

Given that Yahoo was rumored to be making an
offer on Facebook
for $1 billion back in 2006, this is probably
about as far as Yahoo will get in its pursuance of the Palo Alto-based
social media firm. Maybe now it’s time to start thinking about whether
Facebook will buy Yahoo, after its market capital was valued at $4
billion more than Yahoo’s on SecondMarket
last week.


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