Thursday, March 7, 2013

The web is dead - Yahoo outlaws search-from-home, requires users to come to Yahoo offices

Earlier today, I received a confidential memo that purports to be addressed to Yahoo! users. I immediately checked other sources to see if they were also sharing the memo, but I was unable to find any other mention of it. I guess that because of the fallout from the recent memo leaked to Yahoo! employees, Yahoo! is taking greater pains to make sure that THIS memo doesn't leak.

So I guess this means that I have an exclusive - a memo that you will not find at any reputable news source. (Hint, hint.)

If you are a Yahoo! user, I have two questions for you. First, did you receive this memo? And second, how will you react to the end of Yahoo's "search-from-home" policy?

Without further ado, here's the memo.


Yahoo! users,

Over the past few months, we have introduced a number of great tools to make our properties more productive, efficient and fun. With the introduction of the recent changes to the Yahoo! home page, we want everyone to participate in our culture and contribute to the positive momentum. From Sunnyvale to Santa Monica, Bangalore to Beijing — I think we can all feel the energy and buzz in our offices.

To become the absolute best place to get information, communication and collaboration will be important, so we need to be getting information side-by-side. That is why it is critical that we are all present in Yahoo offices. Some of the best knowledge comes from hallway and cafeteria discussions, meeting new people, and impromptu team meetings. Speed and quality are often sacrificed when we search from home. We need to be one Yahoo!, and that starts with physically being together.

Beginning in June, we’re asking all Yahoo! users with search-from-home arrangements to search in Yahoo! offices. If this impacts you, your Yahoo! representative has already been in touch with next steps. And, for the rest of us who occasionally have to search from home to find the phone number for the cable guy, please use your best judgment in the spirit of collaboration. Being a Yahoo! user isn’t just about your day-to-day searches, it is about the interactions and experiences that are only possible in our offices.

Thanks to all of you, we’ve already made remarkable progress as a company — and the best is yet to come.


I hope AOL doesn't do this. New York Citty is a lot farther away than Sunnyvale.

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