Yahoo! has just released (re-released, actually) a desktop ticker that displays in your task bar. This ticker pulls information from your My Yahoo! page to display news, RSS feeds, Yahoo! mail, and anything else you have added to your My Yahoo! page as content. I don't know if I'm crazy about such things, but it is yet another way that the search engines are trying to make users stick with their brand. It seems like each day brings some kind of new announcement from the search engines touting a new feature, or a new application, or a new partnership. 2005 is definitely the year of the search engine wars!
You can download the ticker from Yahoo. Yahoo markets it this way...
The My Yahoo! Ticker makes it easy to track your favorite information, by bringing the news and opinions you've subscribed to in My Yahoo! directly to your desktop as they're published.
- Choose from over 250,000 RSS feeds covering virtually everything on the Web
- Use your existing My Yahoo! settings to track your stocks, news, and weather
- Search the Web using Yahoo! Search directly from your desktop