In the continuing race for the hearts and minds of email users, Yahoo!
Why is Yahoo! introducing the new feature now? I think it has much to do with a company whose name starts with "G". In recent years Google
For now, Yahoo! is still the biggest Web-based email service; Time Warner's
About 88% of the company's revenue comes from advertising. I'm not convinced charging for email is a viable way to generate additional revenue, but the email service itself drives users to other Yahoo! pages full of ads. Having tried out PhotoMail, I must say photo sharing is a cool idea that will be appealing to users. But it comes with a price tag. Yahoo! is investing money into infrastructure to expand its features, generate additional traffic, and in turn garner more ad revenue. Time will tell whether this strategy works -- or simply lowers profit margins.
It seems that revenue is no longer cheap for the Yahoo!s and Googles of the world. They're spending increasing amounts just to hang on to existing income. It seems that on the Web, this cycle is now the name of the game.
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Fool contributor Kelvin Taylor does not own shares of any of the companies mentioned. He has used Yahoo! mail for nearly a decade, and is a recent Gmail user.