has been losing steady ground to Google lately (who hasn't?!).
Now, word that Yahoo! founder Jerry Yang is stepping down as CEO after rejecting a bid from Microsoft, and botching a potential ad-sharing deal with Google.
Yahoo was one of the more forward-thinking dotcoms for years (and still has many good things going for it), but Google continues to operate under the extreme favor of the gods.
As a voice actor struggling to keep up with the marketing potential of the internet, and the challenges of being my own audio engineer, director, and communications/technical jack-of-all-trades, Yahoo! serves as a lesson, although for us on a much smaller scale.
None of us can afford to think, "OK, things are settling down, now, and what I'm doing, and what I have, is the way it's going to be from now on." Huh-uh. Quite the opposite. I'm trying to train myself to look EACH DAY for the next new thing…and it's exhausting.
But that's kinda what blogs can do for you. I like to share the new stuff I find, and I see video ALONG WITH voice as a given for almost all social transactions on the web from now on.
Google shares my enthusiasm for the idea so much, they have provided a new tool for video chatting from within Gmail that ain't too shabby, actually. See their own blog on the service HERE.
As for the next big thing…if Yahoo and Google are any indication — whatever it is, had better have two "O's" together in the name somewhere.