There are three ways to look at this announcement:
“Yahoo started its week with layoffs in Sunnyvale,” an employee tells us. “Seems to be affecting the editorial team that does search relevance testing.”
- Yahoo is preparing for Bing. You don’t need search relevance teams when you’re handing over your search results to Microsoft.
- Yahoo is admitting that their search results have never been that relevant and so why even have an editorial team.
- Yahoo’s just as tired of crappy results as we are, and is hiring better people.
Personally, I like Option 2, but according to an official statement from Yahoo, Option 3 might be closer to the truth: