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Friday, February 10, 2006 11:54 AM
Would You Leave Google?
Kevin Salwen on Technology

How much would they need to pay you to stop using Google? It sounds like an academic question, but Yahoo Mail users are being asked just that. In a recent note to its email users, Yahoo asked what it would take for its Yahoo Search function to take center stage in their lives over Google. Among the 10 possible options: discounts from Netflix, no ads on Yahoo Mail, donations to charity or free music downloads. You can read more about it here.

What would you demand?


dillan - 2/16/2006 12:28:43 PM
The real question is, will google leave you, read barrons cover...
T - 2/16/2006 7:14:48 AM
Privacy would be something to switch for -- and the ability to vote in corporations as a customer -- without portfolio of stocks.

I mean real vote-- not just with my feet.
Joan - 2/14/2006 9:50:54 PM
I totally disagree with Robert's logic here. I, too, have provided Google with oodles of info about me; Google knows all about my interests. The way I figure it, there's not much more Google can learn about me. To my knowledge, they haven't used the info in a way that harms me, but they might (they could). Why would I switch engines and let yet another entity gather all that information?
Ben Bartell - 2/12/2006 11:52:04 AM
As a once heavy Yahoo user I found Google by accident & have never left.

Now that Yahoo has lost virtually all of my (& others) inbox mail, but has not slowed the spam, do you really think I'll ever trust Yahoo?

There are far too many reasons for me to stay as far away from Yahoo as I can.
robby rob - 2/10/2006 8:24:17 PM
Okay how about the obvious answer, instead of frills how about Yahoo make their search as effective as Googles then prove it to the public. I migrated to google long ago and stayed because it was the best at getting relevant results. I have no loyalty to a search engine, come up with a better product and I'm there.
Catherine Howell - 2/10/2006 1:36:06 PM
Maybe this can trigger a bidding war for how we do search. Yahoo offers 1 free download, Google offers 3.

Given the amount of money these people make off our searches -- I'm not saying it's not of value to us, don't get me wrong -- rebates wouldn't cost them much.
Robert Banghart - 2/10/2006 1:21:55 PM
I wouldn't demand anything.

Until about 30 days ago I considered myself a relatively heavy Google user.

At some point, I decided I had reached a personal tipping point. I figured Google had collected enough information on me and it was time for someone else to take their shot.


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