Yahoo has once again announced the closure of a slew of services as it continues to try to focus on its core business.
As of April 1, Yahoo will be cutting support to another seven services as it attempts “to hone in on our core products and experiences.” A few of the services heading to the chopping block aren’t that well known, but a couple of them are surprises. Here is the complete list from Yahoo’s blog post:
Effective April 1, 2013, we will no longer support Yahoo! Avatars across our properties. If you like your existing avatar and want to keep it, please go to the Avatars download page, pick a picture size and format, and click the appropriate download button. Similarly, if you want to edit your avatar, you can download the image and then use a photo editing service of your preference. If you want to continue using your avatar with our products, go toYahoo! Profile and upload the avatar you downloaded. For more details, please click here. Additionally effective April 1, we will no longer support the Avatars YQL table.
Yahoo! app for BlackBerry Effective April 1, 2013, the Yahoo! app for BlackBerry will no longer be available for download. For those of you who have already downloaded the app, you can continue to use it but it will no longer be actively supported.
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. Our message boards on individual properties (like Yahoo! Finance and Yahoo! Fantasy Sports) will remain active. We also encourage you to ask and answer questions on Yahoo! Answers, and discuss issues in the comments section on Yahoo! News.
Yahoo! Updates API As of April 16, 2013, we will no longer support the Yahoo! Updates API.
As BlackBerry attempts to make a name for itself with BlackBerry 10, it’s a bit surprising Yahoo, which is also a struggling company, wouldn’t want to come along for the ride. And as for the Avatars, it’s hard to imagine that it’s a service that is really that difficult to maintain, but perhaps there was more to it than meets the eye.
If you have a favorite service on Yahoo, it may be time to start looking for an alternative should it find itself on the next list.