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You'll find here and there news about Yahoo's next service, My Web 2.0, a "social search product" as described by Jeremy Zawodny. For the official introduction, go read the announcement on Yahoo! Search Blog. For my unofficial quick review, just relax and sit back :)

Setting up My Web 2.0

My Web 2.0 main page My Web 2.0 main page is your regular search page, from which you can dig either the whole web, or your owned tagged bookmarks. Hmm… Is it me or is there a Flickrish pink "B" in MyWeb ? ;)

When setting up your account for the first time, you're politely asked if you want to install Yahoo's Toolbar, and if you want to import links from :

  • your Yahoo Bookmarks (heh, I didn't even know I add some)
  • your MSIE bookmarks. The cool thing is that it gets and stores your favorites from your disk in one click. Hmm, let's hope it's not fetching some private data as well :P The less cool thing is that there is nothing similar for Firefox.
  • an RSS feed. It can be either a local feed (exported from your feed reader for example) or an online feed. You can for instance fetch your whole collection ( and it's stored with all the tags you've already used. Cool too.

Quick Tour in My Web 2.0

your links Now that we have imported a few links to play with, what does it look like in here ?

This is a pretty standard link collection : links, titles, descriptions, tags. But then comes a few more or less interesting features : you can restrict the visibility of your links (all, friends, you) and, that's cool, you keep a cached copy of your bookmarks. Stumbled upon a cool page long ago and now it's gone ? Fear no 404, you can keep a copy, just like Google's cached page but for your personnal use.

Caching pages has been a requested feature on for long now. I already can see a cool usage for My Web : keep it sync'ed (on a daily basis for example) with your account and let Yahoo cache your bookmarks for further reference if needed. Think of it as a backup with saved pages.

Everyone's links The main page has 3 tabs : Pages, Tags, Contacts. Pages (i.e. links, or bookmarks) and Tags and divided in three categories : yours, your community's, and everyone's links and tags. Of course, tags are presented in the now de facto standard and trendy cloud form.

My Web 2.0 : add a link Adding a link is done with the usual form where you fill in URL, title, description, tags and a few options (caching and privacy). The tag inputbox uses some sort of (Ajax based) assistant, but it's quite inefficient, slow, and lacks keywords. On this topic the best thing I've seen yet is the unmatched Add Link interface : it's quick, efficient, suggests relevant tags, and segregates your own tags from the public ones.

Editing an existing link is done with the same form : I wish they used inline editing within your main page, instead of having to open the form, edit things, save and watch your main page refresh. I guess this sort of Ajax improvements will be added later on, it's still in beta stage after all.

My Web 2.0 vs

Like, My Web lets you store bookmarks with tags and in a "social" manner : see others' bookmarks, copy them, share yours. The "bonus" that MW brings to this concept is that you can create your own link community : select a few Contacts who you know are experts in their domain, so you can copy their links thinking they will be top quality hand picked material.

For example, your friend Jim knows everything in PHP. Add him as a contact and let him share his relevant links tagged with PHP, Code tips, and so on.

Note that this feature could be easily integrated in : similarly to their Inbox feature, you could create as well your own list of users to specifically share items with them. Actually, I can bet this feature *will* be added to some day.

My Web 2.0 or ?

At the moment one thing is clear is my mind : has unbeattable clean and quick interfaces, and lets you add links with minimal efforts. Things are a bit slower on My Web and there is place for improvements there.

Sticking with, there is still something uber cool to do with MW : keeping it sync'ed with your account so you have a cached copy of all your links.

I think the Community stuff (selecting Contacts to share links with) can be a great idea, for example when you are collecting material on a particular topic you are working with friends on. Imagine a group of students working together on some subject, this would be the perfect way to share their links.

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  1. […] og too, on a post about My Web 2.0. Also to be found there, in comments, are links to this intro (which compares the service to and a similar […]

  2. Gr8 write up man, truly informative. I tired MW after reading you post and fully agree with all that you have said. is much easier to use and much faster than MW although MW is more sophisticated. Hopefully yahoo will take the cue and make adding links easier and faster and provide more interesting features like importing bookmarks from mozilla/firefox or may be a html file.

    Badrinath.V.S :-)

  3. Ozh says:

    Thanks for your kind comment !

  4. […] h. More details can be found from the search team's blog, and people can also visit here for a comparision of it to […]

  5. participo says:

    social bookmarking?

    social software bookmarks

  6. My Web 2.0

    Sounds like folksonomy at its best. Looking for something? Your social network is here to help you -and they do not have to do a thing! Jeremy Zawodny explains how My Web 2.0 can be used.
    You may also read an interesting review of My Web 2.0 at Plane…

  7. Yahoo's MyWeb 2.0

    Yahoo's MyWeb 2.0 is, at first blush, Yahoo's entry into the social bookmarking realm.

  8. MyWeb says:

    Bucket o' Blog Buzz

    There has been a great response to the launch on weblogs far and wide. We'll be responding in a more thorough fashion soon, but for now, here's some of the more substantive posts for your perusal: Greg Linden: Yahoo gets…

  9. TechCrunch says:

    Profile: Yahoo My Web 2.0

    Service: Yahoo My Web 2.0

    Launched: June 29, 2005
    What is it?
    MyWeb2.0 is a social search engine "that complements web search by enabling users to search the knowledge and expertise of their friends and community in addition to the web.&#82…

  10. My bookmarks says:

    This is a great review. I agree that MW is a bit clumsy. In a way, they have really added everything but not completely nailed the concept. The idea of sharing links withing groups is great but I think they have more work to do. blinklist (www.blinklist), is another great site to store your bookmarks. I guess there is a social bookmarking craze going on but to save and quickly access all of my links, I find blinklist the easiest to use.

  11. […] ntent. More details can be found from the search team’s blog, and people can also visit here for a comparision of it to (from Hsin) […]

  12. […] he pain/gain ratio simply didn't meet my hurdle rate. P.S. Notes 1) Here's a relevant review. 2) Flickr blends in nicely with MyWeb. Googl […]

  13. Thanks for your thoughtful review. I think thi smay be important. My has served me well. But the Yahoo service is promising. We shall expolre and see how effective the shared search becomes.

  14. Chuck Kahn says: only fetches the last 30 bookmarks. How does one fetch all bookmarks?

  15. Geektroncia says:

    Great review – I love the idea of using MyWeb to cache the pages you've bookmarked with

    I've done a detailed comparison (click my name) and would be interested to hear your reactions. I wasn't overly impressed with MyWeb.

  16. […] השוואה קצרה בין דלישס ו-MyWeb תוכלו למצוא כאן. היתרון הגדול של דלישס הוא בממשק היוצא מן הכלל, במהירות, ובקהילת המשתמשים המפותחת. הממשק של יאהו קצת צולע ואיטי יותר, אבל אין ספק שכמות המשתמשים שלהם תעקוף את דלישס תוך שבועות ספורים. […]

  17. […] Faq Discussion forum Read/Write Web Yahoo Search Blog Social Patterns Cnet Search Engine Watch (they haven't figured out tagging yet though "The problem with tagging is that it works well in theory, and also in closed environments where a controlled vocabulary is used for creating tags.") John Battelle John Battelle (more) NYT Marc Canter Ken Norton Jeremy Zawodny Ross Mayfield A Whole Lotta Nothing You're It! (great blog in general) Business 2.0 Blog Tech Startups Planet Ozh Raymond Yee Wondiring Gordon Gould […]

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