NY Times Launches My Yahoo Clone A Decade Late

from the 1996-is-calling...-it-wants-its-idea-back dept

We were just wondering why the NY Times doesn't seem to understand the basic workings of the internet, and perhaps the answer is just that they're still a decade behind the rest of us. The company's digital unit has now launched an offering called "My Times" which just about every observer is noting seems remarkably similar to MyYahoo, just more than a decade after Yahoo launched MyYahoo. The NY Times is hyping up the fact that the site will have NY Times reporters recommend their favorite sites, but that's hardly compelling since it's really not that difficult to find popular sites these days. I think there are some really fantastic reporters at the Times, but it seems that the people figuring out the company's digital strategy need to update themselves to the current decade.


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    Witty Nickname, Aug 24th, 2007 @ 7:12am

    Decade Behind

    I wonder if their liberal slant will change in 2011 when they realize America was attacked,

     

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    dorpus, Aug 24th, 2007 @ 7:55am

    Neh

    Their editors will keep writing their whiney editorials. When airports indiscriminately checked everyone, Maureed Dowd wrote her angry editorial about how resources were wasted on doing so, and that they should only frisk Arabs. Then when it turned out that airports do frisk Arabs more, she wrote her angry editorial about how Arabs are being singled out.

     

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    william, Aug 24th, 2007 @ 8:36am

    I thought all you whiny little "Pirating isn't stealing" people would be pro NY Times. Considering how often you spout borderline communist ideas.

    The Times is one of the last bastions of real reporting. And have been quietly improving their internet presence for some time. even if their editorials do leave something to be desired

     

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      GoblinJuice, Aug 24th, 2007 @ 8:50am

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      Communist? Crap! I voted for Bush!

      I didn't get the memo!

      PLEASE! Don't include me in the next purge! I'll wear a Che shirt! I promise!

      (Sarcasm, folks, sarcasm! Learn it, love it.)

       

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      Ajax 4Hire, Aug 24th, 2007 @ 9:39am

      Re: The Times is one of the last bastions

      I don't think so.
      This morning, I am reading the NYTimes waiting for venti and the front page is dedicated (again) to the rant and whine that the United States did not pick the NYTimes suggestion for President.

      So for the last 7 years, I have had to put the NYTimes down in disgust. IF the NYTimes were truly objective, THEN there would have been at least one, one, one article or editorial on how things have gone right.

      Come on! Bush won, get over it, moveon!
      I swear it sounds like a bunch of babies whining about not getting their way for years.

       

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        BobH, Aug 24th, 2007 @ 3:46pm

        Re: Re: The Times is one of the last bastions

        Whining? Read your own post again. Over the top, no facts to back it up, just immature ranting.

         

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      Mike (profile), Aug 24th, 2007 @ 11:27am

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      Considering how often you spout borderline communist ideas.

      This one always makes me laugh. How could advocating pure capitalist free trade without gov't monopolies ever be considered communist?

       

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    William, Aug 24th, 2007 @ 9:36am

    "Music should be free man."

    OK Star Child now go back to your commune.

    The idea that people don't own what they create seems really communist to me. You know, "To each according to his need". And no private ownership.

     

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      Anonymous Coward, Aug 24th, 2007 @ 10:08am

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      WTF are you talking about you stupid cunt.

       

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      Mike (profile), Aug 24th, 2007 @ 11:29am

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      The idea that people don't own what they create seems really communist to me. You know, "To each according to his need". And no private ownership.

      You should go back and learn some economics. We're not saying people don't own what they create and that there's no private ownership. Not at all. You seem to have misread what we write. We're saying get rid of central gov't protection and let the free market work out the mechanisms for payment. Your position, in favor of gov't monopolies and gov't subsidies seems a lot less capitalistic than our position.

       

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    brian, Aug 24th, 2007 @ 10:04am

    maybe get your own headline?

     

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    Killer_Tofu (profile), Aug 24th, 2007 @ 10:21am

    wtf

    Wow, there seems to be random replies to posts that I do not see here. And I doubt it is my browser since I have never missed any before but right I am seeing a reply to a post topic that just is not there.
    Also see a lot of people replying to those who are talking about free music and pirating not being stealing.
    Never saw a single person mention that either, main post obviously included.
    Where are the random replies coming from people?
    Because I honestly cannot figure it out.

     

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    Chuck Norris' Enemy (deceased), Aug 24th, 2007 @ 11:10am

    Replies

    Killer_Tofu,
    Sometimes people add a descriptor in the subject when responding to an original post without a subject, in this case william's posts. I don't know about his random replies to music piracy but I am guessing he is having an argument in his own mind.

    William,
    Liberals are communists! Environmentalists want to control how much energy you can use. They want to take from the strong and give to the weak. They want to equalize everything. That sounds pretty communist to me. Since some liberals tend to be godless, why don't you believe in Darwinism and the survival of the species instead of making poor people parasites on the able.

    On topic, the NY Times is teh suck!

     

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    barren waste, Aug 24th, 2007 @ 11:13am

    Last Bastion?

    I haven't seen a single news service, based in the USA, that was unbiased. Honostly I don't think it's possible. Everybody has some opinion on what is happening and the news services want to make money...so they pander to those opinions. The truly ironic thing is that most of thier bias comes out in favor of the democrats, when the services are themselves big business......and we all know who the tyrants of big business are, right?

     

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    Gohst of Carl Marx, Aug 24th, 2007 @ 11:54am

    Hmmm....

    William, how old are you? I am guessing college student, possibly high school and taking world history?

    When you say communist, are you referring to socialism? While very similar in nature, communism is more specifically directed at societal class where as socialism is a broader, socio-economic principle. Maybe use collectivism in lieu of either term? Whatever tem you use, I think you may be miss-applying it. Or simply miss interpreting Mike's comments and/or position.

     

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    future guy, Aug 24th, 2007 @ 1:37pm

    end of an era

    Back to the article we're commenting on:

    Cut them some slack, they've got to do something. Times they are a changin'. If they keep shilling their wares on newsprint, they'll be out on the streets using old copy for shelter. And hey, I bet most of their readers are about 10 years behind tech-wise anyway.

     

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    Mark Evans, Aug 24th, 2007 @ 3:52pm

    My Times

    There's a lot of good things about My Times, especially the ability to bring in outside content such CNet and RSS feeds. Sure it may not be Web 2.0-ish but it's definitely solid.

    Mark

     

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