This article is a follow-up to a previous article written in the hopes of highlighting the problems caused by Yahoo with its hasty decision to NEO-fy its membership. In February, I wrote an article about how Yahoo’s awful decision to inflict its NEO model on its users affected one business community, namely the members of the QFLEA small business community.
You can read that article here.
This community consists of small business people who run their businesses on websites and list those businesses at QFLEA.com. A major component of our shared experience is the QFLEA Yahoo Group, where said businesses have the opportunity to exchange information and ideas that are beneficial to all.
We’ve run this Yahoo Group since 1999 and have shared over 20,000 posts related specifically to small business. These posts have educated members about a variety of issues from business shopping carts to website HTML coding to search engine optimization to effective use of social media and much more. The one thing that we have not allowed in this group is advertising. We made a decision early in the process that the one thing that might kill this Yahoo Group was if we all started spamming each other, so the 20,000 messages in this group have been related only to business and topics that would assist our members.
It would appear that NEO is, if nothing else, aptly named. It stands for what must be your new mantra, Never-ending Economic Opportunities! In layman’s terms, Yahoo is now spamming all that is spammable! Unfortunately, at the rate they are proceding, there will be fewer and fewer members on which to foist future failures.