On Tuesday, Yahoo! CEO and co-founder Jerry Yang blogged about his vision of Yahoo! going forward.
Dynamic ad networks. Cool platforms. Increased emphasis as a destination site. More embracement (not a word but if Stephen Colbert can turn "truthiness" into a word, I can breathe words to life). Using Flickr as more than just a cool online photo gallery where people can post their pix.
Not a word in Jerry's post about their plans for Yahoo! Voice.
In a world of competitive IP-based voice products, Yahoo! Voice is one of the best. But outside of the Yahoo! site itself, this utility is seldom promoted. And Jerry not mentioning Yahoo! Voice as part of Yahoo's competitive arsenal going forward gives me the impression that there's a certain ambiv in Jerry's shop about Yahoo! Voice.
It is too important to abandon, but if they really turned up the marketing jets, would they not run the risk of prospective telco and cable partners resenting Yahoo! Voice as competition?
I'd hate to see Yahoo! Voice turn into a neglected stepchild of sorts. Too good a product for that.