Yahoo is shutting down Yahoo Avatars, Yahoo Clues, and Yahoo app for BlackBerry, among other products. In a blog post the company said it questioned whether a particular product was ‘truly a daily habit that resonates for all of you today,’ before pulling the plug.
Jay Rossiter (EVP, Platforms, Yahoo): Ultimately, we’re making these changes in an effort to sharpen our focus. By continuing to hone in on our core products and experiences, we’ll be able to make our existing products the very best they can be.
The products that did not make the cut include:
Yahoo Avatars: Effective April 1, 2013, Yahoo will no longer support Yahoo Avatars. If you want to keep your existing avatar, you can download a picture from the Avatars download page. Yahoo will no longer support the Avatars YQL table as well.
Yahoo app for BlackBerry: Effective April 1, 2013, the Yahoo app for BlackBerry will no longer be available for download. If you have downloaded the app and are using it, you can continue to do so, but Yahoo will no longer provide support.
Yahoo Clues (beta): Effective April 1, 2013, Yahoo Clues (beta) will shut down.
Yahoo App Search: Effective April 1, 2013, Yahoo App Search will shut down.
Yahoo Sports IQ: Effective April 1, 2013, Yahoo Sports IQ will shut down. Your final lifetime Sports IQ score and rank will be automatically transferred to and preserved within your Yahoo Fantasy Profile.
Yahoo Message Boards website: Effective April 1, 2013, the Yahoo Message Boards website will shut down. Message boards on individual properties (like Yahoo Finance or Yahoo! Fantasy Sports) will remain active.
Yahoo Updates API: As of April 16, 2013, Yahoo will no longer support the Yahoo Updates API.