May 04, 2007I know posting has been a little light, lately. But I couldn't resist chiming in on this one...
The blog world is all atwitter (I don't really feel like I can use that word anymore, thanks to Twitter, but I will) about the possibility of Microsoft taking over Yahoo!.
$50 bees is the number being reported. Both Mashable and Techcrunch are good sources for additional details if your interested.
Hypocritical, as always, remains a good source for I-think-I'm-smarter-than-everyone-else snark.
Does anyone see a bubble around here? Anyone smell the wafting success of TimeWarner and AOL? Anyone?
Of course. The so-called reasoning for this little maneuver is obvious, even to me. Who don't want to take a run at those kids in Mountain View?
But a software company that has never really understood how to use the Web and a Web company that is barely getting over its preening as a media company and getting fat on a Web 2.0 acquisition diet? Let alone, the cultural implications for employees?
Putting all that aside, have you ever been through a merger or acquisition? It's not exactly a team-building exercise. And it certainly doesn't enhance your focus.
It will be interesting to watch the hype and the coverage. And to see if it ever comes to fruition. But I just don't see these two as a combined company presenting a serious challenge (anymore than they would have as individual entities) to Google anytime soon.
The whole is less than the sum of the parts.
Yahsoft or Microhoo: Two wrongs don't make a not evil
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