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Yahoo! Profiles Updated

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Yahoo! has changed their profile system and more has changed besides the layout of the page. When transitioning to the new system all of the user data was cleared and pages for aliases were removed. Additionally, personal information such as age and location are now protected in a manner similar to Facebook or MySpace where you must be accepted by the user.

Apparently many users are not happy with the new system as shown in (http://forums.xisto.com/no_longer_exists/), (https://yahoomessenger.tumblr.com/), and (https://tech.slashdot.org/story/08/10/19/017209/yahoo-changes-user-profiles-to-massive-outrage). I personally noticed the changes when I looked up someone√Ęs profile and saw that all of the information had been cleared. If for some reason you consider you profile page a work of art and need all of the information back then you can request a copy of the old profile page from Yahoo! Customer Support at https://help.yahoo.com/kb/account.

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I don't use Yahoo! services very much, but I did check out this change because it was featured at Download.com. It is awful!! It is no way comparable to myspace or Facebook or even Windows Live Spaces (which is pretty bad itself). I don't remember what the old profiles look like but if Yahoo! wants to compete with the largest social networking sites (myspace and Facebook specifically), I wouldn't sign up for this.

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It is hard to imagine that this will compete with any of the social networks. If anything Yahoo! will say that they have this grand plan but never implement it or it will be five years from now and the next new thing will have already hit. The old profiles were just plain Jane with the username and name, age, location, and links if provided. The old profile system served its purpose well because it was not driving traffic and only acted as an additional source of information from the properties that were driving traffic; i.e. Messenger, Chat, and mail.

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