The Only 7 Things Yahoo Does Better than Google

yahoo vs googleLet me start this off by stating that I am a long time Google power user.  Google handles all of my daily web searching, email, chat, RSS feeds, blog monetization, etc.  In my opinion, it blows Yahoo (and most other Internet companies) clear out of the water.  However, there are a select few services that I regularly turn to Yahoo for.  Why?  It’s either because Yahoo does it better, or because Google doesn’t offer it.

Here are the only 7 things Yahoo does better than Google:

  1. Personal FinanceYahoo Finance contains a great wealth of original content that easily rivals some of the biggest financial sites in the game (CNN Money,, etc.).  The interface is equally intuitive and accessible to both new investors and longtime financial gurus.  Google Finance is coming along, but it isn’t quite up to par just yet.
  2. Answers to Questions – Yahoo Answers allows users to ask questions or answer other user’s questions; A simple concept that works well for Yahoo.  Google has no such active service.  The closest competition on the web right now is Ask MetaFilter… also a great question/answer service.
  3. Website Backlink Info – Most webmasters like to know exactly how many sites are linking to their various websites.  Yahoo makes this especially easy with their “linkdomain:” search operator.  It quickly provides a full list of incoming links to any given domain.  For some reason Google does not publicly disclose this backlink information, but instead provides a small sample of quality incoming links to a given domain via it’s “link:” search operator.  Google does provide Google Webmaster Tools that will give you backlink information for a specific domain once you sign up and prove to Google that you are the owner of the domain.
  4. Image Hosting and Sharing – With its recent purchase of Flickr, Yahoo now rules the Web 2.0 photo sharing market.  Flickr is currently the king over all the other photo sharing sites out there.  Although, lets not forget that Google rules the Web 2.0 video sharing market with YouTube.
  5. Local Search – If you are looking for businesses around your town or city, Yahoo Local is a step ahead of Google.  While Google can perform local searches in a variety of different ways through their standard search interface and Google Maps application, Yahoo Local is a more polished service that puts all local search capabilities on one convenient page.  Yahoo local is sort of like a digital Yellow/White Pages.
  6. Entertainment Portal – From music to online games to sports, Yahoo provides a solid entertainment web portal capable of satisfying various entertainment and leisure user demographics.  For better or for worst, Google isn’t trying to be an entertainment portal, so it doesn’t even come close to competing with Yahoo in this regard.
  7. Privacy Policy – Yahoo is arguably better with the privacy concerns of its users.  Certainly this point could be debated in favor of either company, but there seems to be more public controversy surrounding Google’s privacy policies.  Like most, I suck it up and use Google’s services anyway.  I do, however, have a Yahoo Mail account that I use to communicate with other bloggers concerning blog monetization strategies that may include Google’s Adwords service.  I figure, why let Google have access to that info too?

So what does Google do better than Yahoo?  Well, that’s easy… every conceivable task other than the 7 points listed above.  Of course, that’s just my opinion…  😉

Find Similar Artists or Bands Based on Music You Like

Music can be one of the healthiest mental escapes a person can indulge in. Discovering a new band or artist that you enjoy can be a truly rewarding experience. Most of us have a modest selection of artists that we love to listen to on a regular basis. But what happens when you yearn for a new set of tunes? Where can you search for different artists and bands with a similar sound to the ones you already listen to?

Jamming to an iPodSince most terrestrial radio stations these days play the same forty songs in a continuous loop, finding new music you actually enjoy may seem like a daunting task. But never fear, because while terrestrial radio stations provide a lack of choice, creative minds across the Internet have set up online services specifically designed to assist their users in finding new music that they will enjoy. While each music service differs in design, the ultimate goal remains the same, matching the bands and artists you already like to other artists with a similar sound and message. Some of these services will even stream full songs to your computer speakers allowing you to instantly preview the different artists while you browse through the suggested options.

Though there are numerous online music services out there, I have listed the three services that I personally use on a regular basis. I believe the quality of service provided by each of these three websites is a step ahead of the competition. Each one will help you discover new music you are bound to enjoy by evaluating different artists based specifically to your tastes. – This is by far my favorite online music service. provides one of the most mature social networking websites geared for connecting users to new music of all genres. Users can create and share personal radio stations or even stream full songs or album previews to their computers instantaneously. The site presents a few different methods for getting personalized artist recommendations, allowing casual users and power users alike to discover new tunes.

One method is to simply search on for an artist that you like and then preview the suggested artists/songs that the search query returns right in your web browser. Another more advanced option involves downloading their Audioscrobbler plugin and the music player, which together allow for a more fine tuned interaction with the artist suggestion knowledgebase. The plugin can track all the Mp3s you listen to on your computer and then create custom radio stations based on your listening habits. The player can stream these custom radio stations to your computer, allowing you to indulge in the full songs of suggested artists. rocks, so check it out!Baby jams to an iPod

Pandora – Pandora is strictly designed to provide users with a personalized streaming radio station. You type in the name of an artist you like and it will create a custom radio station tailored to the artist’s musical style. Pandora utilizes a pretty sophisticated music evaluation algorithm that informs it’s users on the specifics of each artist’s musical style and tempo. As you listen you can give feedback on the particular songs you like or dislike which Pandora will use to refine your future custom playlists.

This service does not provide the ability to choose certain recommended artists from a list. It simply streams a continuous set of full songs to your computer speakers and allows you to skip the ones you don’t like. Even with this limitation, Pandora has a massive artist database, so you are sure to find new artists that you will enjoy.

Liveplasma (formerly Musicplasma) – Liveplasma doesn’t quite peak out at the level of technical sophistication held by the likes of and Pandora. However, Liveplasma is a simple Flash based music recommendation site that is easy to use and fun to browse. The recommendations aren’t nearly as plentiful and you can’t instantly stream the suggested songs to your computer, but it’s still a pretty cool service. Simply put, clicking around on Liveplasma can be a blast.

All three of these online music services will connect you to a new and exciting set of tunes. I recommend giving each one of them a whirl. Have fun… and rock on!

Also check out the latest album charts:

Links Worth Checking Out 1-15-07

More interesting links for you guys:

  • The Man Who Shook Up Vegas – It’s all in the numbers… pretty darn cool, even if you don’t gamble.
  • Canadian Spy Coins in Your Pocket? – This is bizarre!  Coins with location tracking capabilities.
  • iPhone Keynote Address by Steve Jobs – The iPhone intro video is worth a look.  Angel wants one.  I want one.  You will too.  Check out this “hands-on” review from Gizmodo, this one from NY Times, or this CBS demo video on YouTube.
  • The Chopstick Test – You better study your chopstick etiquette if you want to get into a school in Japan.
  • When Buying a Diamond Starts with a Mouse – An intersting article about online diamond sales.  They spend a great deal of time discussing the online diamond merchant Blue Nile.  While I didn’t buy Angel’s engagment ring from these guys, I did use their site for about 85% of my research on diamonds, and also a basis for the price point when I was browsing the diamond exchange stores in NYC.  If you find yourself preparing for the next step with your significant other, Blue Nile is a great place to start unraveling the engagement ring mystery.
  • Google is the Best Workplace – This company doesn’t cease to amaze me.  Free gourmet meals, dry cleaning, flex schedules…  
  • You are The Person of 2006 – This is old news.  But, for those who haven’t read this short editorial, it’s worth a quick read. 

Links Worth Checking Out 1-7-07

Here are a few links that I came across in the past couple of weeks.  I thought they were interesting enough to share.  Enjoy yourselves.

  1. Wallpapr – a slick wallpaper search interface to Flickr’s massive gallery of user photos.
  2. NPR Marketplace Morning Report – A direct link to the web directory hosting National Public Radio’s daily 4:50AM and 5:50AM Marketplace Morning Report and previous archives in mp3 format.  Quickly grab the latest business news summary every morning. 
  3. Talking Salmons – A military journalist blogs from the front lines in Iraq.  Gives the reader an interesting first hand perspective on the war.
  4. TIME’s 50 Coolest Websites – TIME’s take on the coolest sites.  There are some goodies in this list.
  5. Young Turn to Websites Without Rules – We don’t need no education. We don’t need no thought control.
  6. Long or Short – Simple Steps to Becoming a Billionaire – This site hosts some pretty darn funny financial humor.  Their are some true gems over here…  browse around.
  7. Buying vs. Renting – An interesting blog post on the advantages and disadvantages of buying vs. renting a house.  Some of the comments are equally as insightful.

Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish.

I just came across the transcript of a graduation commencement address that Steve Jobs delivered to the Stanford University class of 2005.  Certain parts of this speech strongly coincide with the underlying message in my previous post.  Beyond that, it provides some exceptional first hand advice from a man who followed his heart and intuition in pursuit of what he loved in life… and he came out on top.  The full commencement address is definitely worth a quick read.  Here are a couple excerpts that initially caught my attention:

“Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything, all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure – these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.”

“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.”

“Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish.”