The Yahoo Operating System

John Musser, April 25th, 2008

At yesterday’s Web 2.0 Expo keynote, Yahoo’s CTO Ari Balogh announced YOS, Yahoo Open Strategy, a major transformation that will ultimately give developers access to a vast array of Yahoo services including mail, sports, search, the Yahoo home page, mobile, My Yahoo and others. It’s an ambitious “rewiring” of Yahoo that includes development tools, an application platform, and unified social profiles.

The first public piece of this effort is the project code-named Search Monkey, initially announced back in February: an extensible, open approach to search. Later this year Yahoo will unveil Y!Open which among other things will expose social network services and tools for developers including news feed-style streams, which they refer to as “vitality”.

Although this announcement comes only days after Google announced iGoogle is becoming a social network, Ari stated that “We are not creating another social network. We will rewire the entire experience to make it social. We don’t think of social as a destination but as a dimension.”

Yahoo’s Neal Sample provides more background on Yahoo’s blog and you can view the Ari’s Web 2.0 Keynote here:

Yahoo used the occasion to remind folks just how vast their reach is: 500 million unique users and 120 pageviews per month. And with 10 billion relationships on Yahoo buddy lists and address books, “there’s a massive, latent social network within Yahoo!, and we’re going to bring it to the surface”.

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10 Responses to “The Yahoo Operating System”

April 25th, 2008
at 7:14 am
Comment by: Desmond Haynes, Jr.

The heady plans are smart but have come too late.

May 12th, 2008
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Comment by: Upcoming Events of Note

[...] headquarters in Sunnyvale is the SearchMonkey Launch Party. As one of the first components of the Yahoo Operating System, SearchMonkey looks very promising. Party starts at 5:30pm. Be among the first ten ProgrammableWeb [...]

June 4th, 2008
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Comment by: Yahoo Releases Address Book API

[...] introduced here), with the release today of the Yahoo Address Book API. The first step was, as we reported in April, the SearchMonkey tools for developers and site owners to provide richer search results within [...]

July 11th, 2008
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Comment by: 5 Winners in Yahoo’s SearchMonkey Contest

[...] its SearchMonkey platform. SearchMonkey is a cornerstone of the Y!OS (Yahoo! Open Strategy) that we previously reported on when it was announced in April. What’s SearchMonkey mean to developers? As they note: [...]

September 1st, 2008
at 7:16 pm
Comment by: Test Content from « Demisauce

[...] Content from Articles about Y!OS [...]

November 16th, 2008
at 4:24 pm
Comment by: Cloud Formations « Martin’s Weblog

[...] cloud API announcements. Back in the Spring of 2008 at the Web 2.0 expo yahoo announced the Yahoo Operating System (Y!OS) concept to “rewire” yahoo, open it up for developers to access Yahoo [...]

December 1st, 2008
at 5:42 am
Comment by: Cloud Layers – The network is our computer « Martin’s Weblog

[...] on them. Yahoo further recognise the potential of this layer with their announcement of the Yahoo Operating System (Y!OS) concept to “rewire” yahoo, open it up for developers to access Yahoo programmatically. [...]

March 16th, 2009
at 12:02 pm
Comment by: Yahoo’s Updates API Lets You Extend Your Social Network

[...] There’s a rapidly growing number of ways for websites to tap into online social networking services to allow their users to connect with each other. For publishers who want to add social network functions to already existing websites, one notable option is Yahoo!’s new Updates API, a web service that provides permission-based access to the actions of any user with a Yahoo! account. As part of Yahoo!’s Open Strategy (Y!OS), this API essentially allows developers to treat the Yahoo! network as a social networking platform (see our coverage of the Y!OS announcement and the YQL launch). [...]

April 17th, 2011
at 11:49 am
Comment by: TAnthony

Our world keeps getting smaller and smaller. And yes, Yahoo is part of the means to that end. I imagine that’s a good thing.
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November 26th, 2012
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forgot paswrod & 2 scurity

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