Yahoo! has hit its "teenage years," according to a L.A. Times article (subscription required). But investors are bothered the "growing pains."
Yahoo Chief Executive Terry Semel presided over the company's annual shareholder meeting here, emphasizing the positives but acknowledging missed business opportunities.
It appears that Terry Semel, Yahoo's chief executive, is getting used to the fact that he's #2 behind Google. Last year, an investor says, he was more "combative... He was really angry about people comparing Yahoo to Google then."
A WebmasterWorld discusses the article and Yahoo's predicament in greater detail.
The growing pains? One member says: "Like a parent pulling the sheet over their eyes!" Puberty is a frustrating thing.
What is Yahoo here for? Another member wonders:
What bothers me about Yahoo is that I'm not exactly sure what they're for.
Google is a search engine with spin-off businesses, but Yahoo's core directory has effectively been abandoned, so there's not really anything familiar or obviously useful about the yahoo.com homepage.
Others believe there is promise for Yahoo:
I use yahoo a lot, and I get a lot off traffic from them too,
So, I for one hope they do better, and raise their game
Furthermore, a few members are frustrated with Google and want to focus their energy on Yahoo. They hope that things improve for the company.
Forum discussion continues at WebmasterWorld.