Yahoo, say it ain’t so:
Yahoo IM users get more than they bargained for | CNET News.com: By accepting Yahoo’s “typical” installation of Yahoo Instant Messager with Voice, it will also download Yahoo’s Search Toolbar with anti-spyware and anti-pop-up software, desktop and system tray shortcuts, as well as Yahoo Extras, which will insert Yahoo links into the Internet Explorer browser. The IM client also contains “live words,” which will automatically show an icon when the user highlights words online and then hyperlink to Yahoo search results, definitions or translation tools. Finally, the installation will alter the users’ home page and auto-search functions to point to Yahoo by default.
Not only that, but then they seek to justify it:
Yahoo spokeswoman Terrell Karlsten said that for avid Yahoo users, the included services are valuable and highlight the integration among all its tools.
“By setting it that way we’re giving people choices. For people who want to download software in one fell swoop, they have that option. If they don’t want it we give them the ability to customize it,” Karlsten said.
Of course, imposing configuration choices on end-user’s machines in this way is a brilliant strategy, one which in no way confuses users or makes them uncomfortable with new media or gives them a feeling of loss of control over the computer they paid good money for. It’s a far-sighted, innovative and brave strategy. Well done.
UPDATE: Even Zawodny is prepared to say this sucks.