Yahoo and Facebook to tie services together

Yahoo and Facebook have announced a deal today to tie their services together that will allow for cross platform integration between Yahoo and Facebook services.  For those who maintain both Yahoo and Facebook profiles, you will have the ability to make an update in one location have it represented on both sites.

According to the BBC, Yahoo will also be revamping its privacy controls and renaming the service to Yahoo Pulse.  The deal will “also mean that those who use Flickr, Yahoo Answers or the social site's video and music services can pipe any media or data they create to friends who use only Facebook.”

As Yahoo continues to try and adapt its services to the ever changing market demands, it is looking to make its users more social.  This latest tie up is only one in a recent string of announcements that will allow Yahoo to be the centre of your social hub.  Yahoo has recently inked deals with Zynga which will bring popular games like Farmville and Mafia Wars to its platform too. 

No date was given on when the service will go live.

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Michael King said,
Yahoo! Pulse appears to be up and live here - and there's links to link Facebook to it.

They kept changing their Social/Profile service. First it was Yahoo 360, then Yahoo 360 merged into Yahoo Buzz (along with Yahoo Profiles), and now it's gonna be Yahoo Pulse.

Yahoo also works with MSN/WLM, so theoretically you could get a Yahoo ID and use it for Facebook AND MSN/WLM. Crazy, although I'm not sure if chat is included in this as it seems to be more profile. But wouldn't it be neat to do all of your chatting from one single place? Kind of like a multi-protocol IM, but this time you only need one name.

MrEggsalad said,
Yahoo also works with MSN/WLM, so theoretically you could get a Yahoo ID and use it for Facebook AND MSN/WLM. Crazy, although I'm not sure if chat is included in this as it seems to be more profile. But wouldn't it be neat to do all of your chatting from one single place? Kind of like a multi-protocol IM, but this time you only need one name.

Isn't it possible to achieve this with upcoming Wave 4 WLM update.

liju said,

Isn't it possible to achieve this with upcoming Wave 4 WLM update.

Yes.

Nice to see Yahoo and MS (two of the founders of IM Unified) embracing social networking in this way.

While I benefit from Facebook, I usually post to it through Twitter, and I post to that through a variety of interfaces.

Most of the multi-IM apps seem to be rather feature-poor when it comes to the functionality I use (though some of that is limited by the fact that maybe 25% of my contacts use feature-poor clients themselves). I've settled on running WLM and Skype because I've found that *everyone* seems to have either a Yahoo ID, Live ID, or Skype account. I can still use the rich features for those who support them, and for the multi-IM fanbois, a series of text-only grunts does the trick.

The ideal IMHO is everyone in the space trying to be the best in different ways, giving people a lot of innovative choices to suit their needs. That's the interesting thing about the Twitterverse to me - users can stick to Twitter for text only, or sign up with TwitPic or TwitVid to extend their Twitter experience to include more functionality. Kind of an a-la-cart social media experience.

compl3x said,
I suppose this is good news for Yahoo users... Whoever they are.

Flickr is very, very popular. Perhaps their main service.

But speaking of that - Facebook could already automatically pull updates from Flickr. *shrug*

Also, regarding this: "will allow Yahoo to be the centre of your social hub". Could be what Yahoo *wants*, but it won't happen because Facebook is already established as exactly that.