Yahoo Groups -> RSS -> My Yahoo
Yahoo Groups has add “Add to My Yahoo” links. We worked on spreading these links throughout the Yahoo network, since it was much easier to personalize in the context of browsing, then going through edit screens. (I suppose this is still true of RSS Aggregation. Directories haven’t been very useful…).
The cool thing is that My Yahoo hasn’t resurrected the Groups Module, rather Groups is simply providing a link to subscribe to messages in the My Yahoo RSS aggregator (This was a suggestion in my original review of the myy aggregator). My Yahoo itself may have had nothing to do with this; it could just be the initiative of the Groups group.
The RSS aggregation infrastructure has enabled seamless personalization across the network, with next to zero additional engineering. A lot of my job used to be building specialized systems to move data from one part of Yahoo to another.
These RSS feeds from LabourStart “Where trade unionists start their day on the net.” reminded me of an idea from my first days at Yahoo. My Yahoo was heavily based in stock and financial information, so I saw my goal as improving the breadth of personalized information. In the stock portfolios module itself, I wanted to include a little fist icon next to companies that were experiences labor conflicts, strikes, protests. Guess what? Didn’t happen, Yahoo had its own labor problems. Well, with RSS, etc., perhaps it won’t be long to someone builds a conscientious stock market monitor.