Xoopit Buyout Is Bad For Google Users, Worse for Yahoo?

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Gmail users may soon lose easy photo sharing, but Yahoo could be the real loser. Which is odd since Yahoo is the aggressor, purchasing the Xoopit photo sharing tool and apparently closing the service to new Gmail users.

Does Yahoo actually think Gmail users will switch mail services to keep Xoopit? Or will some other vendor offering the same service--maybe Google itself--step into whatever void is created?

Yahoo seems to be allowing corporate ego to overwhelm common sense.

Already, Xoopit has cut off new Gmail users---the company must sure hope the Yahoo check clears--and Yahoo has said current Gmail users could find themselves cut off, too.

If Xoopit has any way to monetize itself, then more users--on whatever service--are better than Yahoo alone. Any gains from having Xoopit exclusively seem minor compared to the revenue Google users could provide.(There is more about using the Xoopit add-on for Facebook in this story).

Of course, if there is no revenue associated with Xoopit, then Yahoo is back to its old misadventures. Or maybe Google would have shut-off Xoopit users on its own, though that wouldn't be expected.

There are times when an acquired company should simply be allowed to continue and expand what its doing, rather than be turned into a competitive cudgel. Especially against a competitor that won't notice. And users who will be angered for very little gain.

If Yahoo wants to share some numbers, I am willing to reconsider my view on this.

David Coursey tweets as @techinciter, can be contacted via his Web site, and loves his Yahoo Groups.

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