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World, get ready for Yahoo Mash

Yahoo recently began beta testing Mash, the company's experimental social networking web site that will allow Yahoo users to share information with one another.  Mash is Yahoo's latest attempt at social networking after failing with Yahoo 360 and its bid to purchase Facebook.

Yahoo aims to implement features that will differentiate Mash from other services, but exact details remain unknown.  One perk already known is the ability for users to edit profiles that belong to their friends.

Yahoo started inviting a small number of testers to the service late last week.  Users who have not been invited to the service are unable to view the site, however; the head of the Mash team has a public blog which details the current status of the project.

For any DailyTech readers who are now Mash users, the head of the Mash development team, Will Aldrich, has a message for you.

"Mash is still pretty raw — there are bugs and we haven’t gotten to several of the features it really should have," he posted in the blog.  We need to hear from you about where to focus our efforts. So leave comments here in the blog, on my profile, or on Mash’s suggestions board. We’re listening."

A New York Times blog points out a number of different features that the early version of Mash does not utilize.  For example, private messaging for users to message other users has not been activated by Yahoo.  Users also do not have the ability to post information and personal details.





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